Kristen Adams 12/4/20 1:59 PM 8 min read

4 Types of Healthcare Facilities that can use the SCONE™ Device

There's no doubt that healthcare has changed significantly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic early in 2020. Not a single type of healthcare facility has gone unaffected, some of which have been forced to take massive hits in productivity due to the government cancellation or postponement of elective surgeries. As the pandemic continues to run its course and wreak havoc on our society, many types of healthcare facilities are looking for alternative ways to continue serving the general population while keeping their healthcare workers safe and meet the new COVID-19 requirements.
The Self-Contained Negative Pressure Environment (SCONE) can be used to help a number of different healthcare facility types in different ways. 

Hospitals

A hospital's primary task is to provide 24 hour care, 7 days a week to individuals that need short-term acute care for severe health issues related to injury, disease, or genetic anomaly. There are roughly 6000-7000 hospitals currently in the United States, depending on classification, and that number has decreased by 15% over the last 30 years. In addition, as of August 2020, there have been 75 hospital closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Significant staffing shortages and financial losses have been put significant strain on many hospitals. Patients and hospitals cannot continue to postpone elective procedures indefinitely. With another pandemic surge ramping up this winter, we must work together to find new ways and safer ways of treating patients even in the midst of the pandemic. 

SCONE™ provides an added layer of barrier protection for healthcare workers during triage, patient transport in the facility, and during pre-op and post-op of surgical procedures. The use of negative pressure ensures that pathogenic aerosols are being contained and extracted at the source, resulting in a 99.9% clearance rate 6 feet away from the patient. 

Ambulatory Surgery Centers

ASC's are a modern type of healthcare facility focused on providing same-day surgical care, including diagnostic and preventive procedures. Currently there are over 9000 ASC's in the United States, according to Definitive Healthcare. Unfortunately the elective surgery ban during the spring and summer months of 2020 put a significant financial strain on this market and forced many facilities to shut down. Estimates show losses of 70% due to elective case bans. The key to keeping the ASC market alive and prospering even during the midst of the pandemic will rely on solid partnerships between hospital leadership and ASC strategics. 

The standard of care for ASC procedures must utilize negative pressure barrier enclosures for pre-op and post-op safety of healthcare workers. This will also ensure that patients coming into the facility are protected and made aware of the new standard safety measures. Rebuilding confidence in the system is critical for patients who are on the fence about surgery to move forward, even during the ongoing pandemic.

Nursing Homes

Elderly care facilities house more than 1.3 million residents. It has been estimated that 2 in 5 US deaths from COVID-19 have occurred in the nursing home population. The elderly are the most vulnerable to severe disease due their high number of underlying health conditions and certain conditions in the facility, such as frequent physical contact between staff and residents, sharing rooms, understaffing, etc. In addition, most nursing homes have severely limited the amount of outside contact residents can have with their families and loved ones. This has taken an unexpected toll on their mental health and well being. 

SCONE™ can help provide a way for nursing home staff to open up family visitation again in a safe and effective way, giving critical emotional support to residents during their final years, months, or days of life, even if they are sick. New protocols can be established that utilize barrier protection devices that still allow meaningful communication and physical contact, not only through a window from far away. 

Hospice Care

Hospice and palliative care patients have taken the hardest hit this last year. Researchers say long-term care facilities need to find better ways to provide hospice and palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lack of human interaction and connection with loved ones leads to a more rapid decline and the will to keep living. A screen will never provide the same connection as human-to-human contact. 

Using a negative pressure barrier enclosure like the SCONE™ device gives hospice patients the opportunity to safely visit with their friends and family during their final stages of life. It also brings closure to their loved ones who are often now grieving alone and isolated during this time of hardship and transition. Our collective mental health as a country cannot be underestimated and must be a top priority for everyone, as we work together to bring back some level of normalcy.

SCONE™ can help these 4 different types of healthcare facilities establish better standards of care for safeguarding and protecting their staff, without sacrificing necessary treatment protocols or using massive amount of PPE. Negative pressure barrier protection can also provide a way for hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice care facilities to bring meaningful human connection back to healthcare, providing a sustainable solution to a problem that is not yet being addressed on a large scale.

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Kristen Adams

Kristen Adams is the VP of Marketing and Operations for SCONE and brings 10 years of experience in the medical device industry working in various operational, marketing, and financial roles. Dubbed a "jack of all trades", Kristen specializes in graphic design and communication strategies, marketing and branding, print/web design, data systems integration and financial management. She received a BS in Accountancy from Arizona State University and lives with her husband, Mike Adams (SCONE's CEO) and their 4 boys ages 4-12 years old. She loves to learn new skills, bake for her boys, study theology, and entertain friends and family.