Having COVID-19 patients within the general hospital population increases risks of COVID-19 outbreaks. As a result, hospitals have locked down, banned visitors and delayed surgeries, thereby compounding an already difficult problem relating to backlogs in the healthcare system.
Lack of Negative Pressure Rooms
Hospitals have had to reduce services only to those that were critical or required on an emergency basis to ensure that hospital outbreaks were minimized. Owing to the lack of negative pressure rooms to treat patients with airborne or droplet illness such as COVID-19, hospitals have had to decrease crowding resulting in greater backlog. Post-SARS, new standards for performing aerosol generating procedures (such as intubating COVID-19 patients) were recommended. These new recommendations endorsed single or double occupancy negative pressure rooms with HEPA filtration. Our current hospital infrastructure lacks availability of these rooms and it is extremely costly and challenging to pressurize existing hospital rooms.
Existing Bed Shortages
Our healthcare system is already facing bed shortages and COVID-19 is resulting in even more gridlock. Patients are already waiting too long to receive care and the current healthcare system does not have the appropriate number and types of beds to deal with changing healthcare needs, aging populations and new pandemics and epidemics that are arising more frequently.
Long Term Challenges
With our aging population and modern medicine’s ability to significantly extend life, we have more patients with more complex and chronic medical issues, creating more pressure on an already overwhelmed system to handle more patients. In fact, there are a record number of alternate level of care patients in hospitals. This means patients are waiting even longer to receive care and when they do, they are waiting for and sometimes receiving care in unconventional spaces not conducive to rest, healing and recovery.
Ambulatory Care and Surgical Backlog
The COVID-19 pandemic is killing patients beyond those infected with the virus. As a result of hospital restrictions, there has been a drop-off in emergency room visits and elective-surgery screenings as well as an increased number of patients dying from simply waiting to get the surgery they need. This has resulted in a significant surgical backlog in a healthcare system already under stress. In addition to surgical backlog, there is an increasing need to provide ambulatory care on a same day basis on an outpatient basis without admissions to a hospital bed. The current healthcare system cannot accommodate the surgical backlog, the increase in ambulatory care patients that will likely result from both an aging populations and from patients who have recovered from complex COVID-19 cases and the current demand on the system.
High Healthcare Costs
Currently healthcare is costly from both a financial perspective and a personnel perspective. Healthcare costs are continuously rising owing to the current strains on the system and health care providers and caregivers are stressed and overworked, which leads to high levels of stress and places a heavy burden on caregivers to act as advocates for timely and high-quality health care services.
FERO Can Help
Pressurized Medical Mobile Units
FERO has created pressurized mobile medical units. These units can achieve positive, negative and neutral pressure using FERO’s proprietary technology at a fraction of the cost of current hospital infrastructure, thereby providing better value for the money that is currently being spent on the health care system. The pressurization technology provides on the ground flexibility by allowing each room within the same footprint to switch from a negative pressure intensive care room to a positive pressure operating room to other uses with similar pressurization's at the flip of a switch.
Rapidly Scalable Care Built Around the Patient
FERO’s proprietary system allows it to rapidly scale in a way that serves patient needs. FERO can increase any type of bed capacity on request – whether intensive care beds, operating rooms, ambulatory or alternate level of care beds or regular patient rooms.
Proprietary Technology for Infection Control
All of FERO’s units are built to prevent infections and cross-contamination. Every patient room contains its own HEPA-filtered HVAC system and all interior walls are made from medical-grade aluminum so that all surfaces can be cleaned and disinfected with ease.
How FERO is Different
Exceeds Existing Standards
All FERO units are serviceable from the outside so that service personnel are never required to enter a patient room. FERO units meet all applicable government regulatory requirements and medical standards. All units are fire retardant and flash points for components are over 2000 degrees Celsius. All FERO units are serviceable from the outside so that service personnel are never required to enter a patient room.
Temperature Resistant and Weather Proof
Rugged FERO units are insulated, heated and cooled to meet all Canadian weather fluctuations and extremes including strong winds and snow storms.
Highly Customizable and Durable
FERO’s hard shelled exterior structure ensures that despite their rapid mobility and scalability, all units are extremely durable and provide a flexible, cost-effective alternative to existing infrastructure.