Walk-up testing booth protects medical workers against COVID–19 virus

June 4, 2020

As both the government and the private sector strive to create faster and safer testing methods for the COVID-19 virus, Garmat USA has put its expertise in providing clean environments for painting to work to develop the COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing Booth. The solution saves PPE and protects the provider while providing a more efficient way to test masses of individuals.

By creating a fully enclosed, positive pressure environment within the booth and the implementation of HEPA filtration, contamination risk for the healthcare worker is reduced. Additional features include:

·        Walk-up testing booths enable rapid sample collection and can be deployed at significant scale, avoiding the logistical pitfalls of facility-based and drive-up alternatives.

·         The fully enclosed testing booth requires no PPE and gloves can easily be decontaminated between sample collections

·         The COVID-19 Walk-up Testing Booth ships fully assembled on a pallet – plug into a standard 110 outlet, and you are ready to start testing!

The Garmat Walk-Up Testing Booth addresses several shortcomings of current testing methods. In the medical office, when a patient is being tested for the COVID-19 Virus, the medical provider must don PPE. The PPE must be changed after each patient, regardless of outcome of the test. While a few drive-through testing stations have been established, they are time-consuming and not viable for those without access to transportation.

In related news, Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston designed a three-sided plexiglass version, an improvement over a South Korea booth, as it placed the healthcare provider inside, minimizing the surface area and time required for disinfection. Garmat's latest innovation advances Brigham's version to provide additional protection for healthcare workers by fully enclosing the booth and applying positive airflow pressure, preventing contaminants including the virus, from entering the interior of the booth.

The COVID-19 Walk-up Testing Booth is approved for direct government purchasing through Garmat’s GSA Contract. Cities, states, counties and all federal agencies are eligible for government pricing. The units can be shipped fully assembled on a standard pallet – install is as simple as placing the unit and plugging into a power source.

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