13:00 | 02/06/2020 Science - Technology
(VEN) - The National Center for Technological Progress under the Ministry of Science and Technology has developed non-contact screening for clinical symptoms of Covid-19 infection.
The non-contact screening solution includes multi-lingual support (six languages), body temperature measurement, data storage, traceability of travel history and information of suspected Covid-19 patients, helping health workers give quick and accurate instructions and reduce direct contact and the risk of infection. The solution has been handed over to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi’s Dong Anh District to be put into use.
Associate Professor Mai Anh Tuan, head of the research team, said the solution targets Covid-19 prevention and control, but will be useful in other medical examination and treatment in the future. The National Center for Technological Progress and the research team are ready to hand it over to medical facilities.
The solution includes two parts. While the software is written for common operating systems, allowing it to run on computers or on the web, the hardware consists of one computer, two screens (one for health workers and one for suspected disease carriers), and a thermal sensor. The patient enters personal information, travel history within 14 days and symptoms, such as cough and fever on a touch screen in a quarantined area, while health workers monitor the input, print the result and save the data on another screen, avoiding contact with the user.
Vu Thi Minh Tuyen, a nurse at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi’s Dong Anh District, said it allows health workers to avoid contact with suspected carriers while testing them.
The solution makes data storage easier and more convenient. The hospital can know the number of patients examined and treated each day, including the number of foreigners and domestic patients. In addition, the solution reduces waiting time and costs.
Scientists of the National Center for Technological Progress have also developed a new robot that can clean and disinfect hospital rooms to support health workers in the fight against Covid-19. The made-in-Vietnam robot can automatically move and avoid all obstacles in its way by using a built-in sensor. The device can easily move into every corner of the room, enabling it to clean and disinfect a wide variety of surfaces.
The robot was piloted in the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi’s Dong Anh District. The research team will continue to upgrade and improve the effectiveness of this robot before transferring the technology to manufacturers for mass production to meet the high demands of isolation areas in hospitals nationwide.