PLANS RELEASED FREE FOR UVC BAR-CODE SCANNER TECH
SafeCode, which has been developed by The Bloc—a health creative agency, is a hybrid device that combines a bar-code scanner and ultraviolet-C (UVC) light technology. UVC has been “proven to destroy dangerous viruses and bacteria.” With COVID-19 surviving on cardboard for as long as 24 hours, the scanner is intended to be used on shipment packaging to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. The agency is providing the technology as open-source software in the hopes that other companies will build on the idea.
NEW APP NOTIFIES EMPLOYERS AFTER COVID-19 SCREENING
Microsoft and UnitedHealth have teamed up to create the ProtectWell app that “screens employees for COVID-19 and notifies their employers and coworkers in a push to provide peace of mind for employees returning to the workplace.” The app uses an AI chatbot which follows CDC guidelines to screen employees for coronavirus symptoms. When a risk is determined, it helps guide employees through a secure testing process and reports the results back to employers.
EMERGENCY DRONES TAKE FLIGHT IN SWEDEN
In a test starting in June, emergency call operators in Sweden will have the capability to dispatch an ambulance and a drone simultaneously. The drones will be programmed to deliver an automated external defibrillator (AED) for patients having an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). According to the Center for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institute (KI), 6,000 OHCA happen each year—with just a 1 in 10 survival rate. KI reports that “the chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest is reduced by 10% for each minute that the patient does not receive CPR or defibrillation.” By getting the AED more quickly to the scene, bystanders may be able to help before the ambulance arrives.