The Vocational School of Maltepe University has built a "Negative Pressure and Ultraviolet Ray Sampling Station" to prevent the contagion of COVID-19 during sampling. The device, which intercepted the contact between health care workers and patients during virus testing and could clean itself within 1-2 seconds at the end of the procedure, has been begun to use at Maltepe University Faculty of Medicine Educaton Research Hospital.
Turkish scientists designed: COVID-19 Sampling Station
COVID-19 test is being performed in this station
Faculty Members Dr. Şener Odabaşoğlu and Dr. Kemal Firat Oguz developed a "coronavirus sampling station" that prevents the virus from infecting medics and patients. This station, which allows medics and patients to be sampled without any contact, provides sterilization with ultraviolet (ultraviolet) beam lamps, while providing protection against the virus thanks to negative pressure.
Providing information about the details of the project, The Vocational School Director of Maltepe University, Instructor Rıza Gürler Akgün stated that it is very important to slow down the contamination of disease until vaccine and treatment are invented worldwide in the COVID-19 global pandemic. Stating that, within this context, they took action in collaboration with the Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology at Maltepe University Faculty of Medicine Educaton Research Hospital, Akgün added that “Negative Pressure and Ultraviolet Ray Sampling Station” Project was designed and developed by Dr. Odabaşoğlu ve Dr. Oğuz. Akgun said that the prototype station was completed in 10 days with the support of ADF Engineering Company and has been in use at Maltepe University Faculty of Medicine Educaton Research Hospital since April 15th.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The station is designed in order to protect nurses and doctors from infected patients during sampling. The patient or the person suspected of being infected enters the transparent station, which is covered in glass on both sides. Medical personnel wears fixed gloves that extend into the station from the outside on the front, designed for sampling. He or she takes the stuff out of the box inside and pulls it out of his package. After taking the sample from the patient, he or she puts it in a sterile way in special container. The procedure is completed without contacting the healthcare provider and the patient.
STATION IS CLEANED IN 1-2 MINUTES
The station protects the people who have been tested from the virus as well as ensuring that health care workers work in a safe environment. After the sample is taken, the healthcare worker starts the negative pressure system with the ultraviolet ray lamps by pressing the sterilization button at the station. Sterilization that removes any viruses possibly left in the cabinet is completed within 1-2 minutes. Then, the next patient enters the station, which is completely cleared of the virus.
PATENT APPLICATION IS IN PROGRESS
Stating that they are almost completely free from the possibility of virus infection that may occur during the sampling with station's ability to clean itself in a very short period of time, Akgün adds,"Our patent application for the station, which has significant differences from similar ones, is in progress. We are ready to share all our know-how for communal health to ensure that it is used anywhere it is needed. We are mobilized as university to save humanity from this epidemic as soon as possible."