Electronic stethoscope against coronavirus spreads
Mar 2, 2020
Electronic stethoscope against coronavirus spreads
SARS-CoV-2, a highly contagious virus
We are sure that at this point, there is practically no person who has not heard of this new virulent outbreak originated in China. And the reason is related to its propagation, which is becoming really difficult to contain.
In fact, the WHO has raised the risk of expansion to “very high” worldwide due to the increasing number of cases outside of China.
Therefore, global health measures focus on the most urgent, that is, containing their spread, and any measure that helps to this end should be applied.
What symptoms are related with the “new coronavirus”?
This new pathogen initially called 2019-nCoV, and currently SARS-CoV-2, causes “ Covid-19 ” disease, which consists of a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, in the province from Hubei, in China in December 2019.
Coronavirus COVID-19 sample
Sample of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 infectious disease, isolated in a US patient.
SARS: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
The severe acute respiratory syndrome SARS is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, called coronavirus associated with the SARS (SARS-CoV).
The virus infects the respiratory tract and causes symptoms ranging from a mild condition (dry cough, fever …) to acute respiratory failure and life-threatening pneumonia .
In short, this new coronavirus has pulmonary pathologies that needs careful monitoring , since in patients with a previous condition, it becomes life-threatening, as well as highly contagious.
How the new coronavirus spread?
The virus is mainly transmitted by air at close range , depositing in the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose or eyes of people who are nearby.
Second, the virus can also spread when a person touches an object contaminated with infected droplets, and then touches the mouth, nose or eyes.
Stethoscopes are a source of virus spreads
The stethoscope is one of the most necessary medical devices to control the evolution of lung pathologies such as those caused by the coronavirus .
But the problem arises when doctors performs pulmonary auscultation with a stethoscope that forces them to be very close to the patient, especially when dealing with viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, which are highly contagious by proximity and direct contact.
How electronic stethoscopes can help to slow the coronavirus spread?
Measures to control the expansion of the coronavirus, are related to isolate the infectious source, that is, avoiding closeness and contact with virus infected carriers.
To help with this task that is turning out complicated as the daily expansion data indicates, eKuore company has a solution.
The eKuore Pro medical device is a state- of-the-art wireless stethoscope , which allows medical professionals to perform auscultations without being in contact with the patient.
In addition, the chestpieces are disposable, avoiding contagion by contact from one patient to another.
Benefits of eKuore electronic stethoscope
The eKuore Pro medical device helps healthcare professionals obtain pulmonary auscultations of patients, while reducing the risk of COVID-19 infectious spreads.
# 1 Isolation between doctor and potentially infected patient
Without any cable that requires maintaining a close distance with the infected patient, the medical professional can listen the lungs sounds even from an isolated room and without needing to wear a special suit to avoid contagion. Simply using a mobile device, you will remotely receive the auscultations from all patients, to listen and evaluate without entering into risk of infection.
In other cases, it may also be the same patient who is auscultated from home, thus reducing the risk of contagion to a minimum. The patient through the APP is able to send the auscultation to the healthcare professional in real time.
# 2 Interchangeable and sanitable chestpieces to prevent contact contagion
The chestpiece is the most critical element of a stethoscope, because it is the part that comes into direct contact with the infected patient. To reduce the risk of infection, the eKuore Pro device has interchangeable and sanitable chestpieces, which allows a doctor to have different chestpieces and replacing them when he considers to sanitaze them or even discard it if it were the case. It also has 3 different chestpiece sizes according to the needs (Adult, pediatric and neonatal).
# 3 Record auscultations to check the patient evolution
Record stethoscope sounds
Through the eKuore Pro’s APP, we can access to a complete history of all recorded auscultations performed on a patient. In this way medical professionals can track the patient’s evolution. Likewise, it will allow us that non-specialized personnel can take recordings of auscultations in isolated patients, for later sending to the specialist.
At this point there is no doubt that we are facing a highly contagious virus, where the highest priority is to contain its spreads. For this, every measure is small, since even taking control measures, we find that the infection continues spreading because not all the sanitary elements allow greater isolation.
The eKuore company wishes to inform to all healthcare personnel the advantages of using an electronic stethoscope such as the eKuore Pro, which presents clear improvement points, helping to contain the COVID-19 spreads.
If you want more information on how eKuore can help you against this new coronavirus, do not hesitate to contact us.
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