The COVID-19 crisis has changed procedures and job descriptions around the world. It is no different at the critical access hospital in Vivian, North Caddo Medical Center. The rural medical center, which has three Family Practice Clinics, an Emergency Department, as well as inpatient and outpatient care, continues to prove their innovation and high standard of service with their latest addition to their facility.
North Caddo Medical Center has introduced a thermographic camera to their lobby. The highly sensitive camera monitors temperatures of individuals who walk through the doors. Large groups can also be monitored simultaneously when walking in the camera’s view. The thermographic camera will alert a North Caddo Medical Center employee of someone who arrives with a higher than normal skin surface temperature. The quick response of readings provides convenience for those entering the facility as well as allows a fast response to isolating patients with possible fever. Best practices are carried out when an alert is received indicating that someone has a high temperature to ensure appropriate care for the patients. The device is utilized only for a screening measure therefore data is not collected.
Screening individual’s temperatures upon arrival at medical facilities is the new normal for the majority of the healthcare industry. Since the pandemic began, North Caddo Medical Center has had an employee sit at the front door with the only duty of screening temperatures in order to stay compliant with new regulations, as well as for precautions for their patients and employees. The new equipment allows employees of the medical center to complete their previous daily duties.
“Our goal is to provide the best care for our patients, families, and employees. It is important that when seeking care you feel safe when walking in a healthcare providers doors. North Caddo Medical Center is here to do just that and this new technology is contributing to the exceptional care provided.” says CEO, David Jones.