Office Modules Maker and Kingston Medical Community Partner to Develop Mobile Exam Room for COVID-19 Assessment Center
The SnapCab Care is safely tucked inside KHSC’s COVID-19 AC, which is located at the Beechgrove Complex Recreation Center. The SnapCab Care is an isolated module connected to a semi-closed examination area that physicians can use to treat patients requiring more privacy and comfort.
The pod, which is a variant of the SnapCab Work + model, is a closed but ventilated office space with its own HEPA filtration system, a glass facade with a sound-absorbing glass door, as well as two windows with a unidirectional glass, allowing doctors to see into the air conditioning and the hospital area. examination while fully preserving the privacy of the patients they treat.
The examination area includes SnapCab connects wall system and is accessible to stretchers. This area allows physicians to work directly with patients who require more private and serious care. When the entire unit faces the wall, as it is intended to be used, the examination area provides audio and visual privacy for those inside.
SnapCab Care features heavy-duty casters that allow users to move it around the floor space as needed to accommodate AC patient flow and any other requirement. It can be dismantled and reassembled in another building when the time comes. Surfaces are easy to disinfect and comply with AC safety regulations.
Additionally, SnapCab Care’s exterior walls are adorned with beautiful kid-friendly graphics that include illustrations of an overhead drawing of Kingston, hands-holding hands representing the community coming together, and smiling, germ-like characters alongside inspirational messages that say: “Stronger Together”, “Kindness is Contagious” and “Spread Love, Not Love”. germs “.
SnapCab, established in Warrington, Pennsylvania, has a new start-up plant in Kingston specializing in workspace products. Before the pandemic, the company was manufacturing meeting modules for up to six people. With the world now keeping its distance, the company faced an intimidating future. Glenn bostock, founder and CEO of SnapCab, was investigating the real possibility of a shutdown.
But on March 29, 2020, Bostock heard Prime Minister Justin trudeau ask Canadians to be part of the solution. Bostock and his team have started to develop a prototype COVID-19 contactless swab capsule.
Without medical expertise on the staff, SnapCab called in Dr. Joy Hataley, a family medicine anesthesiologist who is the district chairperson of the Ontario Medical Association. Before the pandemic, Dr Hataley had participated in SnapCab Lean Tour, an in-person and online event where attendees visit SnapCab’s facilities to learn more about lean manufacturing and create a culture of continuous improvement.
Dr Hataley was involved in working with the SnapCab team on developing a test module prototype because they liked how it could help protect medical staff, increase test efficiency, and reduce blood pressure. use of personal protective equipment. The technician who takes the sample, for example, is protected behind glass in an enclosed space. This is the first of many pivots SnapCab has taken to respond to the pandemic. The company is now working with a global design company CanonDesign to market the final product of the test capsule.
In the meantime, KHSC had opened the AC, first in two hockey arenas and then at its current location at the Beechgrove complex.
Cindy bolton, director of community partnerships with KHSC, said CA has seen its volumes increase steadily over the past 15 months, from 1,000 visits per month to over 12,000 in total. Most of the patients who visit the CA come for a COVID-19 test, but each day some must also see the doctor on site for further evaluation. The open area was not optimal for the doctor’s assessment, she said.
Knowing about the types of products that SnapCab makes, Dr Hataley reached out to the company to explain what the center needed. Bostock and the SnapCab team were excited to build a solution.
Dr Hataley worked with the Kingston University Hospitals Foundation (UHKF) to secure major donors, including the WJ Henderson Foundation, a local organization that supports healthcare projects that can have immediate local clinical impact, as well as the CaraCo Group of Companies.
“The CaraCo family is committed to keeping donations within our Kingston community, and we are convinced that the UHKF touches everyone ”, said the CEO of CaraCo Gennaro DiSanto said of the donation.
“Now more than ever, we all rely on our hospitals and frontline workers to maintain the health and safety of our loved ones and our community as a whole. The CaraCo family is incredibly grateful for the care they have received at KHSC and have become big supporters of the UHKF, ”he said. “We are happy to give through the UHKF when we know these donations go directly to hospitals here in our community.”
Dr. Omar Islam, head of diagnostic radiology at Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences; radiologist Dr. Johanna ortiz; Dr Hataley and other local doctors also donated. Dr Islam said he has family and friends who have visited the center and appreciates any effort to create a safe and private environment for COVID-19 testing.
Dr Ortiz visited the CA and found the workflow to be very organized, creating the least stressful experience possible for the patients.
“Donating to the exam module seemed like a good cause to contribute to,” she said. “The pandemic has made many of us feel insecure. This capsule could make patients and our health workers safer.”
Dr. Andrea Gallo Hoyos, a radiology specialist who practices and teaches at KHSC, decided to donate to the project because she wanted to help her community and colleagues in the pandemic.
“This situation makes us more aware of our role of mutual aid,” said Dr. Gallo Hoyos mentionned. “We are not isolated individuals. We are a community.”
SnapCab is also a contributor. Instead of shutting down, SnapCab has opened its doors to new opportunities to be useful in the pandemic. In addition to SnapCab Care and test modules, the company has taken its Meeting 4 and Meet 6 collaboration-style pod products and redesigned them into individual desktop pods called the Work and Work +.
The team has developed a premium home office pod, the Meet 2, as good as To consult, a two-person carrycot designed with a glass partition to provide a safe place for face-to-face interactions. The consultation was presented by the Globe and Mail, CTV News and other national media for use in a Ottawa church.
SnapCab has also been recognized for its pandemic pivot by Export Development Canada in its national advertising campaign Business as Unusual, and in Fast Company 2021 World Changing Ideas Award for the design and development of isolation modules and medical tests to ensure the safety of people. Once again this week, SnapCab Care was named winner in the ADN Paris Design Awards in the Responsible Design category.
“In Kingston, the community is stronger in times of adversity because of the connections between people and organizations who want to be of service, ”said Bostock.
Video: SnapCab Care overview
Since 1983, SnapCab has been a leader in the development of workplace and elevator car interior privacy solutions that are flexible, high quality, and safe to use in a variety of environments. SnapCab Workspace offers a flexible kit of parts designed with customizable frame, panels, finishes, colors, furniture, accessories and more. These insulated pods for opening are mobile, easy to clean and can be combined with SnapCab Connects walls to transform any workplace.
About the Kingston Health Sciences Center
The Kingston Health Sciences Center (KHSC) is located in the southeast from ontario largest university acute care hospital. Comprised of our Hôtel-Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital site, as well as the Cancer Center of Southeastern Ontario and two research institutes, we take care of more than 500,000 patients and families across our region. As one of the from Kingston As the largest employers, we have nearly 5,000 employees, over 2,000 healthcare learners and 1,000 volunteers who are committed to working in partnership with patients and families to ensure we continually provide high-level care. quality and compassionate. Fully affiliated with Queen’s University, we are ranked among the from Canada best research hospitals.