Kristen Adams 2/19/21 2:01 PM 8 min read

5 Ways Hospitals Can Use the SCONE

The coronavirus pandemic has caused over 400,000 deaths and countless more hospitalizations in the United States since the first reported case in early 2020. With no end in sight, hospitals are forced to come up with creative solutions to treat COVID patients while rapidly losing funds, struggling to find adequate PPE, and trying to prevent overcrowding amid rising staff shortages.

Fortunately, there is a PPE alternative that can help hospitals address these issues and continue to provide excellent patient care.

The SCONE™ is a single use, medical device that uses negative pressure technology to clear infectious aerosols and droplets in under five minutes, maximizing safety and efficiency and reducing the need for PPE changes and negative pressure isolation rooms.

Here are five ways that hospitals can use the SCONE™ to help them survive this pandemic...

1. ER TRIAGE AND PATIENT FLOW

Viruses like the coronavirus are spread through aerosols and droplets. This makes it difficult for healthcare workers to safely provide nebulizer treatments and other aerosol generating procedures without the risk that the aerosolization will spread COVID.

The SCONE™ eliminates this risk and makes it simple for healthcare workers to have an active barrier between themselves and patients under investigation. 

Because it requires zero assembly and it was designed for single-use, this device can be used quickly and effectively, increasing hospital throughput and preventinb bottlenecking and overcrowding while also protecting healthcare workers who are caring for COVID patients and patients under investiagtion.

2. ISOLATION ROOM CROWDING

Hospitals typically have a limited number of negative pressure isolation rooms for patient use. These rooms prevent the spread of infectious diseases by keeping contaminated air from escaping the room and infecting others. 

While these rooms are able to make a significant difference in stopping the spread of infectious diseases, they are almost always occupied. Even before there was a global pandemic, many hospitals were in need of more isolation rooms to help treat patients.

The SCONE™ can help hospitals take advantage of the benefits of negative pressure without needing to fund and create more isolation rooms. Because the  SCONE™ is a single-use, disposable negative pressure chamber, it can be used to help multiple patients isolate together within a single, standard hospital room. 

This medical device keeps contaminated air from infecting the ambient air and contains 99.9% of virus-sized aerosols within a 6 ft radius, reducing the need for costly negative pressure rooms and allowing hospitals to house multiple COVID patients or patients under investigation in a single room instead of struggling to find room for these patients in isolation rooms.

3. FACILITY TRANSPORT

When hospitals need to transport patients under investigation between different facilities, the risk for spreading any infectious diseases increases drastically. Because viruses like COVID-19 are spread through aerosols, moving COVID patients to different hospital units or different facilities can jeopardize the health of other patients, hospital visitors, healthcare workers, and hospital staff.

The SCONE™ helps mitigate this spread using negative pressure technology. This medical device serves as a portable negative pressure chamber, preventing patients from spreading infectious aerosols and droplets or contaminating the ambient air as they move from one building or unit to another. With the SCONE™, hospitals can transport patients with safety and ease.

4. PLANNED FAMILY VISITATION PROTOCOLS

Few things can raise a patient’s spirits and give them the energy to fight against COVID than a visit from their family. However, since the onset of the pandemic, many patients have had to suffer from COVID alone due to stringent family visitation protocols.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many hospitals across the nation have prohibited guests from entering hospitals. Even patients without COVID, like those who are in the hospital to give birth or for other issues not related to the virus, have had to undergo procedures and receive care on their own during the pandemic.

With the SCONE™, hospitals can relax these procedures and allow families to visit their loved ones in the hospital. The SCONE™ acts as an active barrier of protection for healthcare workers, hospital staff, and hospital visitors, reducing the risk for spreading COVID-19 and allowing family members to be in the same room as their loved ones.

5. END OF LIFE PATIENT CARE

No one should have to die alone.

No one should have to face the end of the life knowing that they will only get to say goodbye through a Zoom call or a FaceTime.

Unfortunately, this has been the reality for thousands of COVID patients this past year. In order to protect hospital visitors from contracting the coronavirus, hospitals have shut their doors to visitors, even when patients are receiving end of life care.

In addition to worrying about the safety of hospital visitors, hospitals also have to worry about the safety of the healthcare workers providing this care. There has been growing concern over uniextubations and other procedures where patients spread a high viral load, putting heatlhcare workers at risk for COVID-19.

The SCONE™ helps alleviate this issue by using its negative pressure technology to prevent infectious aerosols and droplets from escaping and contaminating the surrounding air. 

This allows healthcare workers to conduct aerosol generating procedures and other end of life care without fear of contracting COVID-19, and it makes it possible for families to say goodbye to their loved ones in person.

In the pandemic era, hospitals need new, innovative solutions to help healthcare workers provide patient care. The SCONE™ works in conjunction with PPE to offer additional protection for healthcare workers, boost hospital efficiency and throughput, and keep families together when their loved ones are in the hospital.

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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.