KAIST Mobile Clinic Module to Fill Negative Pressure Ward Shortage


2021-01-08 09:00:07 BioSpace


Efficient versatile ready-for-rapid building system of negative pressure room MCM will serve as both a triage unit and bridge center in emergency medical situations A team from KAIST has developed a low-cost and ready-for-rapid-production negative pressure room called a Mobile Clinic Module (MCM). The MCM is expandable, moveable, and easy to store through a combination of negative pressure frames, air tents, and multi-function panels. The MCM expects to quickly meet the high demand for negative pressure beds in the nation and eventually many other countries where the third wave of COVID-19 is raging. The module is now ready to be rolled out after a three-week test period at the Korea Cancer Center Hospital. For more at https://youtu.be/TMEthF7lRHI. Professor Tek-Jin Nam's team swung into action, rapidly working together with researchers, engineers with expertise in mechanical design, and a team of clinical doctors to complete the MCM as one of KAIST's New Deal R&D initiatives launched in last July. Professor Nam cites 'expandability' as the key feature of the MCM. Eventually, it will serve as both a triage unit and bridge center in emergency medical situations. "The module is a very efficient and versatile unit building system. It takes approximately two hours to build the basic MCM unit, which comprises four negative pressure bed rooms, nurse's station, locker room, and treatment room. We believe this will significantly contribute to relieving the drastic need for negative pressure beds and provide a place for monitoring patients with moderate symptoms," said Professor Nam. "It will also be helpful for managing less-severe patients who need to be monitored daily in quarantined rooms or as bridge stations where on-site medical staff can provide treatment and daily monitoring before hospitalization. These wards can be efficiently deployed either inside or outside existing hospitals." The research team specially designed the negative pressure frame to ensure safety level A for the negative pressure room, which is made of a multi-function panel wall and roofed with an air tent. The multi-function panels can hold medical appliances such as ventilators, oxygen, and bio-signal monitors. Positive air pressure devices supply fresh air from outside the tent. An air pump and controller maintain air beam pressure, while filtering exhausted air. An internal air information monitoring system efficiently controls room air pressure and purifies the air. While a conventional negative pressure bed is reported to cost approximately 3.5 billion KRW (50 billion won for a ward), this module is estimated to cost 0.75 billion won each (10 billion won for a ward), cutting the costs by approximately 80%. The MCM is designed to be easily transported and relocated due to its volume, weight, and maintainability. This module requires only one-fourth of the volume of existing wards and takes up approximately 40% of their weight. The unit can be transported in a 40-foot container truck. We believe this will significantly contribute to relieving the drastic need for negative pressure beds and provide a place for monitoring patients with moderate symptoms. We look forward to the MCM upgrading epidemic management resources around the world." Professor Nam's team is also developing antiviral solutions and devices such as protective gear, sterilizers, and test kits under the KAIST New Deal R&D Initiative that was launched to promptly and proactively respond to the epidemic. More than 45 faculty members and researchers at KAIST are collaborating with industry and clinical hospitals to develop the antiviral technology that will improve preventive measures, diagnoses, and treatment. (END) About KAIST KAIST is the first and top science and technology university in Korea. KAIST was established in 1971 by the Korean government to educate scientists and engineers committed to the industrialization and economic growth of Korea. Since then, KAIST and its 64,739 graduates have been the gateway to advanced science and technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. KAIST has emerged as one of the most innovative universities with more than 10,000 students enrolled in five colleges and seven schools including 1,039 international students from 90 countries. On the precipice of its semi-centennial anniversary in 2021, KAIST continues to strive to make the world better through the pursuit in education, research, entrepreneurship, and globalization. Media Contact Younghye Cho kaistpr@kaist.ac.kr younghyecho@kaist.ac.kr multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/kaist-mobile-clinic-module-to-fill-negative-pressure-ward-shortage-301201846.html
一种高效,多功能的负压室快速搭建系统MCM将在紧急医疗情况下起到分流单元和桥梁中心的作用 KAIST的一个团队开发了一种低成本,可快速生产的负压室,称为移动诊所模块(MCM)。 MCM是可扩展的,可移动的,通过负压框架,空气帐篷和多功能面板的组合易于存储。 MCM期望能迅速满足国内对负压床的高需求,并最终满足其它许多国家对第三波COVID-19的需求。在韩国癌症中心医院进行了为期三周的测试后,该模块现已准备好推出。欲了解更多信息,请访问https://youtu.be/tmethf7lrhi。 南德进教授的团队迅速行动起来,与研究人员,具有机械设计专业知识的工程师以及一组临床医生合作,完成了MCM,这是KAIST于去年7月推出的“新政”研发计划之一。 Nam教授将“可扩展性”作为MCM的关键特征。最终,它将成为紧急医疗情况下的分流单位和桥梁中心。 南教授说:“该单元是一个非常有效和多功能的单元建造系统,建造基本的MCM单元大约需要两个小时,其中包括四个负压病床室,护士站,更衣室和治疗室。我们相信这将大大有助于缓解对负压病床的迫切需求,并为中度症状的病人提供一个监控场所。” “这些病房可有效地部署在现有医院内或医院外,并可有效地管理需要每日在隔离病房接受监察的轻症病人,或作为桥梁站,让现场医护人员在入院前提供治疗和每日监察。” 研究团队专门为负压室设计了确保安全等级A的负压框架,负压室由多功能板墙制成,屋顶有空气帐篷。这些多功能面板可以容纳呼吸机,氧气和生物信号监测器等医疗器械。 正气压装置从帐篷外供应新鲜空气。空气泵和控制器保持空气束压力,同时过滤排出的空气。内部空气信息监控系统高效控制室内空气压力,净化空气。 据报道,传统的负压床的成本约为35亿韩元(一个ward为500亿韩元),而该模块的成本估计为每个7.5亿韩元(一个ward为100亿韩元),降低了约80%的成本。 由于其体积,重量和可维护性,MCM被设计成易于运输和重新定位。这一单元只需要现有病房的四分之一的体积,占其重量的大约40%。该单元可以用40英尺长的集装箱卡车运输。 我们相信这将大大有助纾缓对负压病床的极度需求,并为有中度病征的病人提供一个监察的地方。我们期待着MCM提升世界各地的流行病管理资源。“ Nama教授的团队还在KAIST新政研发倡议下开发抗病毒解决方案和设备,如防护装备,消毒器和测试包,该倡议是为了及时和主动地应对疫情而启动的。KAIST的45多名教职员工和研究人员正在与工业界和临床医院合作开发抗病毒技术,以改进预防措施,诊断和治疗。(结束) 关于KAIST KAIST是韩国第一所顶尖的科学技术大学。KAIST于1971年由韩国政府成立,旨在培养致力于韩国工业化和经济增长的科学家和工程师。 从那时起,KAIST及其64739名毕业生一直是通往先进科技,创新和创业的大门。KAIST以包括来自90个国家的1039名国际学生在内的5个学院和7个学校的1万多名学生脱颖而出,成为最具创新精神的大学之一。 KAIST将于2021年迎来其半个世纪的纪念日,在此之际,KAIST将继续努力,通过在教育,研究,创业和全球化方面的追求,让世界变得更美好。 媒体联系人 赵永熙 电子邮件:kaistpr@kaist.ac.kr 电子邮件:younghyecho@kaist.ac.kr 多媒体:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/kaist-mobile-clinic-module-to-fill-negative-pressure-ward-shortage-301201846.html