Biocontainment presents a unique challenge for auscultation. With the CDC calling for full body coverage, how does the clinician place stethoscope eartips in the ears for listening? Auscultation at the bedside using a conventional style stethoscope with tubing becomes impossible.
Thinklabs One solves the problem. Teams at multiple centers in the USA, including The Bellevue Hospital in New York and The Nebraska Medical Center have used Thinklabs One on their biocontainment patients.
Thinklabs One's unique stethoscope design allows healthcare workers to perform ausculation while being protected in an isolation environment, and can be used with protective covers in the ED to reduce contamination when pre-screening admissions.
The One can be used directly using earbuds or headphones, via bluetooth transmitters within the isolation room or to a consultant outside the room, connected to a loudspeaker, or send sounds via email or instant messaging on iPhone or iPad.
Biocontainment teams are using the One in a unique way:
Personnel are donning disposable earbud headphones prior to covering the face and body.
The earbud/headphone cable is then snaked out of the protective clothing, to be connected, external to the clothing, to the Thinklabs One Digital Stethoscope.
The clinician can then listen clearly to patient sounds while being fully suited up.
They can optionally record sounds on iPad for transmission for second opinions outside the BCU. Bluetooth transmitters can be used to transmit sounds to consultants outside, to minimize the number of clinicians who have to be tracked or exposed.
When personnel remove clothing and equipment, the headphones are withdrawn/pulled from under the clothing and discarded with other contaminated equipment and clothing. Any wiring that was outside the clothing is drawn away from the user, never touching skin.
Thinklabs One stays inside the BCU for re-use.
If you are treating, or preparing to treat, infectious patients, please let us know, or add a note to your order. We are developing a knowledge base specially for infectious disease preparedness so that we can share the experience in our user community.
User experience, treating actual biocontainment patients or training for such events using the Thinklabs One, is building this knowledge base on a daily basis and we'd like to keep you up to date.
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PPE used at Bellevue Hospital, New York