Brandon Lawrence, MD 12/31/20 12:01 PM 5 min read

COVID19 Healthcare Worker Exposure - SCONE™ Can Help

Since the onset of the coronavirus nearly a year ago, frontline healthcare workers have gone through the unimaginable.

As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to increase, healthcare workers are facing a high risk of COVID-19 while providing intubations, bronchoscopies, and other aerosol-generating procedures. In addition to the natural risk of treating patients with the coronavirus, thousands of healthcare workers have had to care for these patients while reusing decontaminated personal protective equipment, further increasing their risk and causing them to feel unsafe at work.

After putting in long hours, far too often without adequate PPE, these frontline workers have to go home and distance themselves from their friends and family members out of fear of spreading the virus to their loved ones.

On top of the health risk for both themselves and their families, the high number of COVID related deaths have taken a mental and emotional toll on healthcare workers. Nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals have seen countless patients die without their families by their side, listened to heartbreaking Zoom calls with families who are losing their loved ones, and practiced triage in order to try to prevent backlog and save lives.

With all the coronavirus-related challenges healthcare workers have been facing this year, the title “hero” is an understatement.

It’s also not enough.

These healthcare professionals need more than kudos. They need a work environment where they feel safe and know that their risk for COVID-19 is as low as possible.

While there is not a solution that will completely eradicate their risk for COVID-19, healthcare workers need resources that will limit their exposure to this virus and help minimize the toll that COVID-19 takes on their physical, emotional, and mental health.

That’s why hospitals and healthcare workers need the SCONE™.

 

The SCONE™ can help healthcare workers

The SCONE™ uses negative pressure technology to help alleviate the burden placed on healthcare workers all while reducing their risk for COVID-19.

Healthcare workers can’t always distance themselves from patients, and many of them are still fighting to get the PPE they need to stay safe. The SCONE™ serves as an active barrier of protection that will limit their covid exposure and make it easier for them to provide patient care.

When healthcare professionals use the SCONE™, they are able to clear infectious droplets and aerosols within this negative pressure device in under 5 minutes, providing infection control and allowing them to conduct aerosol-generating procedures without the fear of exposing themselves to the virus.

This also gives healthcare workers, hospital staff, and other patients additional protection when patients under investigation need to be moved throughout the hospital.

Because the aerosol clearance rate of the SCONE™ is so quick, and the SCONE™ has multiple access points so multiple healthcare workers can treat a patient at one time, it also helps nurses and physicians work faster while still creating a safe environment. This helps reduce backlog and maximize throughput, reducing the stress of using triage to treat patients.

When it comes to taking care of our healthcare heroes, the SCONE™ is the ultimate solution.

Even with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines this winter, there is always a need for active barrier protection. Not all healthcare workers will be able to receive a vaccination right away, and even when they do, it will take time to build immunity to the virus, the SCONE™ provides essential protection in the meantime.

Even when healthcare workers are vaccinated, the SCONE™ will significantly reduce the need for negative pressure rooms, which can take a long time to clear infectious aerosols, allowing patients to receive care far more efficiently.

Our healthcare workers are physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted as they are placing themselves and their families at risk in order to help patients with COVID-19. The SCONE™ can help reduce their exposure to the virus and lighten the load for healthcare heroes across the nation.

SCONE™ has been authorized by the FDA for Emergency Use. Click the button to connect with us and learn how to get SCONE™ into your healthcare facility.

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Brandon Lawrence, MD

Dr. Lawrence is an Emergency Medicine Physician born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, currently working in the west valley. From the start of the pandemic, he has been passionate about being on the forefront for care of his patients and protection for his fellow healthcare professionals. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exercise and podcasting. He graduated from University of Arizona with a Bachelor's in Biochemistry and Michigan State University for his Medical Degree.

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