Thermal scanning systems have found tremendous use in the COVID-19 pandemic for measuring body surface temperatures from a distance. Be in public places like restaurants, shopping centers, individual stores, office buildings, or airports, railways stations, hospitals, clinics, educational institutes, and so on. Temperature scanning has been adopted by everyone to identify people with elevated temperatures and stop them from entering these places. Although not everyone, who has a fever, is a COVID-19 patient, it’s one of the key symptoms of the infection.
According to a report by the CDC, about 85% of the people hospitalized under severe conditions have fever or chills, and 86.1% of them have a cough. Hence, these precautions have been necessary to contain the spread of the infection to some extent.
Owing to social distancing measures, it’s impossible to measure one’s temperature with a normal thermometer, and it takes more time too. When people are queuing in front of a store, an institute, or office, it’s impossible to evaluate their body temperatures with conventional thermometers. Therefore, from the beginning of the outbreak, people have been using thermal guns and other thermal scanners for the purpose. Now, with economic activities being restored in many states, even as infections show no sign to slow down, it becomes all the more important to adopt more efficient no-touch temperature scanning systems for the public. People need to be a lot more careful and smarter to combat the crisis.
How important thermal screening systems are for hospitals?
Hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and other healthcare centers need to be more adept in temperature-scanning and make the most of available technologies to keep the visitors, as well as the workers safe. You can’t ignore that most of the healthcare workers are putting their lives at stake constantly to provide a safe environment for everyone. So it should be your responsibility to ensure their safety as well.
However, not all temperature screening systems are as effective as they should be. They have failed in numerous instances, especially while taking multiple temperature measurements at once. The accuracy of most of these thermal guns or no-touch thermometers depends on the preparation of the individual, whose temperature is being measured, and the proper handling of the device. Both of these essential requirements can be difficult to fulfill under time shortages, when long queues of impatient people are waiting at the entrance, or during emergencies, when a patient needs to be admitted immediately, thus failing the entire system of thermal scanning. No wonder the FDA intervened to issue certain guidelines to improve the effectiveness of thermal scanning and the efficiency of telethermographic systems to ensure public health and safety.
Keeping these factors in mind, an industry-standard no-touch infrared thermal scanning system at the entrance will reduce the possibilities of mistakes without wasting too much time. As these places are emergency centers, checking the temperature of each worker or patient can involve a lot of time and effort, let alone the need to keep dedicated professionals at the entrance to operate the thermal guns. What if you can adopt a more time-effective approach to measure body temperatures of hundreds of people at once? And just imagine if you don’t need to appoint people at the entrance to check temperatures manually, as the process will be automated. It’s certainly going to be a big relief for the hospitals and various healthcare centers across the country then.
Effective benefits of infrared thermal scanning systems
First of all, an FDA-evaluated system fulfills all the important requisites of thermal scanning, and the person, who manages the system, shouldn’t necessarily stand at the entrance, as the process is automated. S/he can be sitting in another room, away from direct exposure to the virus in infected people.
Secondly, it will be way faster than the conventional methods of fever screening by measuring the temperature from the forehead. If installed properly, it may check the temperature of hundreds, sometimes, thousands of people within a short period and send the data to everyone in the management for proper screening, evaluation, and storage.
This apart, when the temperature is measured from the forehead, perspiration, face covers or other factors may affect the accuracy of the measurement. An efficient infrared thermal scanner will take the surface temperature from some other part of the body to ensure accuracy. As the basic aim of the automated temperature screening process is to evaluate the body temperature of the people entering the premises and blocking the ones having fever, accuracy should be a primary requirement to avoid unnecessary hazards.
Some buildings have been using camera-induced temperature scanners to take temperature measurements. But this system also has its series of drawbacks, as proper positioning is critical for taking accurate measurements. Also, people may be covering their heads or coming in from the outdoors, which will show elevated temperatures on the readings, leading to more confusion.
Here comes the ‘fist-first’ technology in fever screening
According to many researchers, the fist or the wrist is one of the most reliable temperature-evaluating areas in the body, as they are not much affected by most thermal activities. Forehead thermal scanning may be affected by numerous factors, like individual heights, makeup, hair, perspiration, as well as face shields and covers that most people are using during the pandemic. Although you can measure temperature from any part of your body where the arterial blood is present, the fist/wrist is considered to be a steadier area unaffected by most environmental factors. This apart, self-servicing can be a tad difficult using the forehead temperature-screening method, and the presence of more hair on the forehead can also reduce the chances of accuracy.
All such issues can be minimized in the fist-first technology that’s adopted by FeverWarn, an effective infrared thermal scanning system.
Why install FeverWarn in Hospitals?
FeverWarn uses FDA-approved infrared technology for temperature scanning from the fist of the individuals. All one needs to do is place the fist under the scanner (without touching it obviously) and keep it for a few seconds to get a red or green signal, signifying if s/he is allowed to pass or not. The speakers in most models of the scanner can provide the required guidance, in case one gets a red light. It’s an automatic temperature scanner that doesn’t need any professional to manually take the measurements and note the same. The scanner also comes with some internal storage, and certain models even offer cloud storage for large healthcare centers and clinical laboratories to store data from thousands of screenings for future references.
The FeverWarn scanner also comes with auxiliary outputs to record temperature screening at every possible entrance and exit of the building and store the data that can be transferred to any third-party, if needed. Already the authorities have mandated healthcare centers and many other organizations to adopt the most-effective practices to ensure the safety of their employees and visitors at the same time.
Under such circumstances, the FeverWarn thermal scanner can help the hospitals, clinics, and laboratories avoid legal suits in case of any mishap. It can not only help them measure temperatures more effectively but also keep a record of the same and send it to the authorities regularly to steer clear of legal complications. Most fever-screening devices don’t come with data generation and storage features, and that’s why Fever Warn is an effective choice for the hospitals, where the chances of infections are more.
Some other benefits of FeverWarn in healthcare centers
Many renowned hospitals and healthcare centers have multiple entrances and exits. This thermal scanning device comes with a relay-controller that can be used to send alerts to the auxiliary doors and security entrances for enhanced protection. No person will be allowed to enter the premises if his/her temperature is found to be above the safety standards by automatically locking the doors. A smart USB can also be inserted into the card reader of the device at the auxiliary doors and gates to enable proper communication with the main system, as well as transfer data through mails.
Being designed and manufactured in the USA, this thermal scanner is available at an affordable rate for the citizens of the country. The infrared sensors used in the scanner aren’t affected by environmental factors, like the UV rays of the sun, thus ensuring accuracy at all times of the day.
Wrapping it up
It has been more than six months that we are fighting the virus with all our might and intelligence. And as the days go by, we are adopting more advanced technologies to adapt to the ‘new normal’ Even in the post-pandemic period, we will have to stay alert and extremely careful to prevent a second or third wave. Infrared fever-screening, no-touch policies, personal hygiene, and other practices that we have adapted to in this period are likely to go beyond the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure a healthier and better future for our people. Hence, this is the right time to do whatever it takes to keep the people safe. After all that our people have gone through, this is the least we can do for them.