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Portable rehab equipment for isolated residents

When a new resident is admitted, even if they test negative for the virus, they have to placed in isolation for 14 days. This means that they cannot do many of their rehab activities and thus lose a lot of progress in 2 weeks of inactivity or decreased activity. It would be helpful to have portable rehab equipment that the Physical Therapists could take to their rooms for use, in particular the parallel bars needed for standing and mobility. 

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User friendly communication tech

Many families are now relegated to connecting via iPad calls on Zoom but residents often do not know how to use the technology or cannot hold the iPads and therefore have to rely on staff, who can spend an hour or more per call with each patient - time they do not have. Staff would like a simplified and dedicated solution capable of supporting itself as opposed to requiring the residents to hold the units on their own. One example involved a women who is 106 yrs old. 

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Intimidating PPE

Regulations require new residents and any resident who leaves the facility to quarantine for 14 days. Many of the patients have dementia or simply don't understand why they are in quarantine. Staff who care for them have to wear full protective equipment, which can often be scary, especially for new patients. Staff would like a solution that is less intimidating.

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PPE Inventory

Nursing home staff spend a great deal of time managing PPE inventories and distribution, leaving them less time to care for the residents. For example, every mask is numbered and issued to a specific employee. Employees pick up the mask at the start of their shift and return their mask at the end, where it is placed in a paper bag for three days to decontaminate. After five uses the N95 has to be cleaned and the cycle begins again. 

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Safe visitation/socializing

As one nursing home employee noted, the elderly can actually die from loneliness. There is a pressing need for a solution that allows loved ones to safely interact with residents rather than speaking to them only through an iPad or plexiglass. 

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Employee symptom check

Employee symptom check and temperature check as employees arrive to work at the nursing homes. Currently, many nursing homes require employees to complete this process on an honor system by simply documenting their health data in a paper log. Nursing homes do not have funds budgeting to supervise this process directly nor to monitor the data as often as they would like. They would like an automated system to record this health data prior to workers clocking in at the time clock. A related...

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Virtual tours

Some community living facilities are having trouble keeping their beds full since they can't do in-person tours, so new residents are limited, leading to additional financial stress. They are looking to give more comprehensive virtual tours to pique interest. 

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Breathable masks

There is a need for a mask that is more breathable. Many of the masks that Nursing Homes staff have now trap their exhales and heat up rapidly.

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Neck protection

Although nurses and staff wear PPE, currently there are no coverings available for staff to protect their neck area, leaving their skin exposure to the risk of infection.

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Sanitation stations

For hotels and other facilities, there is concern about staff, guests and their belongings carrying contaminants as they enter a facility. Some sort of sanitation station for the front and back of house to clean shoes, luggage, etc. could prevent contamination and transmission. 

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Prioritizing high traffic areas

Cleaning tasks have become more extensive and time-consuming for staff in hospitals, hotels, etc, yet these facilities find themselves more short-staffed than ever. One way to improve efficiency would be to have access to real-time information on which spaces are experiencing high traffic and are in greatest need of sanitation. 

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Going touchless

As the most frequently touched surfaces, door knobs, elevator buttons, and light switches can be hotspots for contaminants. A cost-effective solution to avoid touching these objects directly would have a huge impact. 

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Virus detection on surfaces/objects

Hotels, hospitals, and other facilities are in need of a system to prove to customers and patients that their spaces are clean and safe. The ability to identify contaminated surfaces and objects would be of tremendous value.

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Cleaning tracking

Cleaning tasks have become more extensive and time-consuming for staff in hospitals, hotels, etc, yet these facilities find themselves more short-staffed than ever. It would improve the efficiency and comprehensiveness of this critical sanitation work to have a way to better track the spaces that have been cleaned and those that have not throughout the workday. 

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Decontaminating cleaning equipment

There is a need for a solution to disinfect equipment between hospital and hotel rooms so that contaminants are not being transferred between rooms. As supplies are more scarce, it is important to find ways to reuse pieces of equipment without transmitting the virus. 

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Maggie Tolan

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Joined this community on May 11, 2020

Bio Program Director for Challenge America

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