As concern over the COVID-19 virus continues to grow and many pulmonary function labs remain open for testing, there is an increased scrutiny on patient safety and how patient health is monitored. These topics have always been on the forefront of MGC Diagnostics’ commitment to their customers and we have complete health solutions to ensure you can provide the best care to your patients.
Having clear and defined infection control policies is important for staff and patient safety. Infection control has seen a marked increase in the last year with augmented cleaning procedures to ensure the safety of staff and patients.
Pulmonary function labs have been vigorous in their attempts to clean any part or surface that might be contaminated. With MGC Diagnostics, changing patient testing supplies is complete in less than a minute with no warm-up time or recalibration of the system. With options to sterilize and reuse or dispose, you’re able to make the choice that is right for you. MGC Diagnostics’ preVent® flow sensor has a simple snap-in setup and is accurate and low cost. Also available are filters, mouthpieces and a patient circuit to complete your patient testing setup.
So, you’re able to test patients safely, but how long before you can test the next patient?
ATS recommendations state that you should have sufficient time between patients to allow for adequate room ventilation. They recommend a negative pressure room, if one is available. The time varies depending on whether the room is under negative pressure and whether there is a concomitant use of a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter or ultraviolet light decontamination. According to the CDC, if you only have 10 air changes per hour in your lab, you need to wait 28 minutes for 99% efficiency for airborne-contaminant removal.
The AirPura UV614 HEPA filter offered by MGC Diagnostics is a system that combines both a Super HEPA filter and UV light to help decontaminate the air in your testing room and speed up the wait time between patients. With a maximum airflow of 560 CFM, the UV614 can provide up to 26 air changes per hour based on a 12'x12x9' room. When combining the UV614 with the facility's HVAC system, this could bring the wait time to under 15 minutes. The Super HEPA filter has a 99.99% efficiency in removing airborne particles 0.3 microns in size or larger.
In order to maximize patient safety and potential harmful contacts, Remote Patient Monitoring should be considered, when possible. The GoSpiro® spirometer offered by MGC Diagnostics provides laboratory quality diagnostic testing that can be conducted outside of the clinic and in the comfort of a patient’s home. After all, when a patient is comfortable you will get the most accurate test results.
The GoSpiro spirometer provides easy-to-follow, on-screen instructions to simplify testing and provide patient guidance. The GoSpiro spirometer is the only spirometer to have an Avatar enabled coach that walks patients unfamiliar with performing spirometry through the process and provides post-test comments to guide patients to optimal performance.
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