New Sanitizers and Temp Kiosks Aimed at Keeping Patients Safe
New Sanitizers and Temp Kiosks Aimed at Keeping Patients Safe

New Sanitizers and Temp Kiosks Aimed at Keeping Patients Safe

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Patient safety is a top priority at Wyandot Memorial Hospital, where recently purchased technology supports the extra precautions incorporated during the pandemic. Luke Gillig, director of environmental and dietary services (from left), shows one of the new ultraviolet sanitizers at WMH, and Rachael DuMonte, patient registration supervisor, displays both a pediatric and adult temperature screening kiosk.

Wyandot Memorial Hospital channeled some federal pandemic-related funds it received to purchase two room sanitizers and four screening kiosks for improved patient safety.

The room sanitizer towers use ultraviolet-C radiation, which has been safely and effectively used for decades to reduce the spread of bacteria, viruses and mold. In the case of the novel coronavirus, UV-C has been shown to destroy the outer protein coating and lead to inactivation of the virus in just five minutes.

The room sanitizer towers stand about six feet tall and are operated by the hospital’s housekeeping staff.

“It’s safe to look at the UV glow of the sanitizers through a window, but the light emitted is very bright,” explained Luke Gillig, WMH’s director of environmental and dietary services. “Although bright, the light will not damage your eyes.”

Each tower has four infrared motion sensors to prevent operation if any movement is detected nearby.

“The room sanitizers are a safe addition to our cleaning regimens,” Gillig noted. “They will not replace the cleaning performed by staff, but rather ensure the environment is as sanitized as possible.”

The screening kiosks purchased by the hospital are positioned at the main entrance and Emergency Department entrance for automated body temperature screenings of incoming patients and visitors. Each entrance has one kiosk sized for adults and one for children.

WMH Registration Supervisor Rachael DuMonte said the hands-free, touchless screening kiosks use infrared detectors to quickly determine the body temperature of a patient or visitor.

“The kiosks have a dynamic LED camera and measure temperature on the forehead in about one second,” DuMonte stated. “They give the patient or visitor a verbal indication of whether their temp is in the normal range.”

Using the kiosks provides better social distancing between patients and visitors and the registration staff. It is also faster than the forehead thermometers, so staff can focus their energies on assisting those entering the hospital.

“Investing in this technology does not replace people, but rather relieves staff from some tasks so they can focus on caring for patients,” John Caldwell emphasized. He is the hospital’s senior director of administrative services and business development and indicated the sanitizer towers and temperature kiosks have capabilities beyond COVID-19 and will be re-deployed after the pandemic.

“The sanitizer towers are effective on many contagious pathogens,” Caldwell continued, “and the temperature kiosks can be reprogrammed to assist with patient check-ins.”

Both the sanitizer towers and temperature kiosks were put to work just as the community was experiencing increased spread of the virus.

“We’re grateful for the grants and loans we’ve received during the pandemic to help us continue providing important care and health services to our community,” Caldwell added.

For more information about the sanitizer towers, temperature kiosks or other safety precautions, contact Caldwell by phoning 419-294-4991, extension 1031.