The Tata Memorial Hospital is a specialist cancer treatment and research centre in Mumbai. It is a national comprehensive cancer centre for the prevention, treatment, education and research in cancer and is recognized as one of the leading cancer centres in the world.
The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has disrupted the smooth functioning of Tata Hospital. According to WHO, 80% of Covid-19 positive people get fever as their initial symptom. Identifying infected people accurately helps in controlling the spread. Tata Memorial has an average footfall of over 2500 people per day.
As per the guidelines of the Center for disease control and prevention (CDC), all visitors to a hospital, a public place, or any other institution should be passively screened for symptoms of fever and acute respiratory illness before they enter the facility.
Tata Memorial, like most other organizations, used the most common temperature checking method i.e Handheld IR thermometers. These are used by the security guards to measure the temperature of people upon entry. This method is neither accurate nor safe and comes with the following drawbacks
Adappt conducted a trial at Tata Memorial Hospital with an objective to analyze the performance of Adappt’s
Setup at the Hospital
Premise Entry against the traditional Handheld InfraRed (IR) thermometer.
The staff at the Tata Memorial Hospital followed a standard process to screen the temperatures of people entering the premises.
As per the above flowchart healthcare professionals at the hospital check the temperature of the visitors by an Handheld InfraRed (IR) thermometer, followed by another layer of screening using Adappt’s Temperature Screening system. Based on the data generated by
these two readings, healthcare professionals determine whether to allow the patient/visitor to the main hospital premise or to send the infected patient to the designated fever OPD.
The following data was collected during this exercise