Thermal Imaging Unit Another Weapon Against COVID Transmission

 

BRHS continues to adapt to the changing demands of providing safe and effective healthcare during a global pandemic.

One of the key tasks in recent months has been creating a thorough but efficient screening process, to allow essential visitors into the hospital while also guarding against transmission of viruses.

Anyone that has visited the hospital in the past few weeks will have met one of our screening team – they are excellent and very friendly people doing what can be, at times, a difficult job. (Next time you see one of the screening crew, take a moment to say thank you!)

This new efficiency will streamline the screening process, and provide another layer of infection security for patients, staff and the community.

Their work got some special help this week with the installation at our screening station of a thermal imaging camera.

A thermal imaging camera is essentially a heat sensor that detects tiny differences in temperature.

It works by collecting the infrared radiation from objects in the scene, and creating an electronic image based on information about the temperature differences.

When visitors stand in front of the screening station at the hospital’s main entrance, the thermal imaging camera records their temperature, accurate to the decimal point. Through the thermal imaging unit’s monitor, our screeners can quickly and easily see if anyone in the line has a raised temperature.

This new efficiency will streamline the screening process, and provide another layer of infection security for patients, staff and the community.