COVID-19: Smart OPDs to Help Keep Our Doctors Safe
At a time when COVID-19 positive cases are rapidly on the rise, medical professionals, our first line of defence in this pandemic, are not only more susceptible, but are testing positive in large numbers. 
 
Moneylife Foundation’s work to provide protective gear to hospitals as part of its Covid Relief work has given us a ring side view to the urgent need to reduce exposure of doctors and medical staff, especially to walk-in patients with signs of Covid exposure. Read this article on the ground reality of what health care workers face:
 
After several doctors tested positive in a single day at Sion Hospital, Dr Avinash Saknure, of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD)  brought to our attention a ‘Smart COVID 19 OPD’ (out patients department), that allows no-touch screening of patients and sent us the video below. 
 
Thanks to the generous support of a specific donor (who wishes to be unnamed), the installation was completed on Monday, 20th April. 
 
This is based on "No-touch technique" and encompasses special facilities like digital stethoscope, pulse oximetry, infra-red thermometer,etc.
 
The OPD has been designed in the form of two partitioned cubicles and is useful to screen routine patients without physical contact while also taking swabs for suspected cases of COVID-19. The cubicles have also been fitted with a mic and speaker similar to an arrangement in multiplexes, which allows doctors to interact with patients for a better understanding of their medical history.
 
 
In this system, the doctor can examine the patient from one side of cubicle with the help of gloves with the doctor's side being isolated from the patient's side.This unique setup also allows the doctor to sanitise the patient's chamber with the help a simple switch. 
 
This protection has traditionally been in terms of personal protective equipment (PPEs), masks, gloves and face shields and now perhaps more innovatively through a ‘Smart OPD’ as designed by AYU Devices. 
 
The idea for this OPD, says sources came from Dr Ranganath and it has been designed to his specifictions with the assistance of Krea Design Solutions. 
 
 
 “This OPD setup is not for all routine OPDs; this is exclusively for screening and fever OPDswhere the risk of getting infected is much more than any other OPD, where you need to do other physical examinations,” said a doctor while explaining the use and limitations of the smart OPD. 
 
That doctors cannot physically examine patients remains a negative factor, but at this time, the greater need is to protect front line medical workers from infection, at least from obvious cases where symptoms suggest a possible Covid infection. 
 
Another big advantage is that the Smart Covid OPD, assembled as a leak proof barrier, while allowing thorough examination of the respiratory system will reduce the need for recurrent protective gear such as Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs)  which are in short supply and tends to be expensive precisely because it has to be discarded after use. 
 
There are requests from many top public hospitals to have such OPEs 
 
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    Entrance exams including JNU, UGC NET, PhD, NEET, TTE postponed
    The Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to postpone entrance exams including JNU, UGC, NET and IGNOU PhD and several others keeping in mind the lockdown.
     
    Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said: "The Director General of National Testing Agency has been advised to postpone the last date for submission of applications for various examinations".
     
    The Union Minister said: "This includes admission examinations of Jawaharlal Nehru University UGC NET, IGNOU PhD, ICAR exam, NCHM-G and management course." The deadline for all these exams has been extended by one month.
     
    The Ministry of Human Resource Development has also directed the CBSE, NIOS and NTA to prepare a revised schedule of examinations. Along with this, autonomous bodies and the NCERT have been asked to prepare an alternative academic calendar.
     
    The Ministry has taken this step so that all students can apply for these exams with ease and accessibility.
     
    In view of the risk of coronavirus infection, the Central government has also decided to postpone the NEET examinations. Admission cards were to be issued for the NEET exams but have not been issued. Now, the Ministry has issued a notice to postpone the examinations.
     
    "After the nationwide lockdown is implemented, it is no longer possible to conduct this type of examination," said a senior official.
     
    The JEE Main examinations have also been postponed.
     
    The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has extended the last date for submission of the form for the term-end examination to be held on April 30, 2020 without any late fee. Students can submit the June TEE examination forms on the official website of IGNOU. The deadline for submission of assignments has also been extended to April 30.
     
    A senior official of the Ministry said: "In compliance with the order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on March 24, all the offices of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and its autonomous and subordinate institutions will remain closed for a period of three weeks."
     
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    Key tips to keep your home coronavirus free
    As the deadly coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) spreading rapidly, people are doing everything to keep themselves safe but what about your own abode?
     
    To make your home coronavirus free, health experts have shared some tips such as cleaning all kitchen surfaces every time you finish cooking and keeping separate pairs of footwear for outdoors and indoors to fight the virus.
     
    According to Praveen Gupta, Director and Head Neurology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute in New Delhi, all surfaces should be cleaned routinely with soap and other disinfectants available to make your house coronavirus proof.
     
    "Apart from cleaning the surfaces, other objects like light switches, desk, keyboards, doorknobs, toilet, closets should also be cleaned. Please make sure that you do not touch any object while cleaning with bare hands; gloves are necessary and make sure to dispose of these gloves after the cleaning is done," Gupta told IANS.
     
    In case when you are buying vegetables and fruits from outside, please make sure that you clean the bag very carefully before entering the house. 
     
    If possible, it is advisable to keep the bags outside your home or in a corner for at least 24-48 hours.
     
    "Considering coronavirus spreads through droplets, please make sure to wash your vegetables and fruits in potassium permanganate solution or you can also wash it with hot water as well for at least 5-10 minutes," the doctor emphasised.
     
    Stay home as much as possible but there are times when we can't avoid visits to grocery store or pharmacy at some point.
     
    "It is advisable to avoid unnecessary to and fro to any market area and stay in house. Disinfect everything you touch thoroughly and make sure that you wash your hands frequently. Also, supervise your pets in the backyard and keep them away from meeting or playing with other people," said Rajesh Chawla, Senior Consultant, Respiratory Medicine, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi.
     
    "Make use of hypochlorite to clean every corner of your house or make use of bleaching powder to clean your house," Chawla added.
     
    If someone is sick at your home, please make sure that a distance is maintained from that person and his or her clothes should be washed separately.
     
    "One needs to understand while performing all the above activities, wearing gloves is necessary and when you are giving your clothes for laundry, please use disposable gloves and it is preferred to wash your clothes at home only and avoid any outside contact," Chawla said.
     
    Dr Sudhish Sehra, HOD, Internal Medicine, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute in New Delhi said that in addition to frequently sanitizing your hands, keeping the house and your immediate surroundings clean is equally important.
     
    "Start with basic dusting while covering your face with a mask/alternative clothing such as a handkerchief, and disinfect the furniture surfaces and the floor. Clean all kitchen surfaces every time you finish cooking. Keep separate pairs of footwear for outdoors and indoors," Sehra told IANS.
     
    India has been under a 21-day lockdown in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
     
    The tally of novel coronavirus cases in India reached 1966 on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
     
    Of these, 150 people have recovered and discharged from the hospitals, one person migrated while 50 deaths have been reported so far.
     
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    Ramesh Popat

    2 months ago

    good one. it's a very long battle. a renowned scientist says IF it is controlled well now, may resurface next winter.

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