Hospitals across the country are faced with an urgent need to isolate infectious patients and a critically low availability of private rooms

 Six NHS hospitals have invested in an innovative solution, the Clinell Rediroom, to prepare for a second wave

The compact wheeled cart can be popped up in less than five minutes to provide an isolation unit to instantly isolate an infectious patient

There has been a 12% drop in UK hospital beds since 2010 (from 144,455 to 127,225)[1] while the number of patients treated has increased significantly. In 2016 the Department of Health (DoH) recommended higher proportions of single room accommodation (an aim of 50%)[2], but since COVID-19 the need to isolate infectious patients is more urgent than ever before. The current crisis requires a drastic shift in hospital infrastructure to cope. Six pioneering UK hospitals have innovated to respond swiftly to patient need.

The 5 minute ‘pop up’ isolation room

Clinell Rediroom looks like a small plastic cart when not in use. However in less than 5 minutes it ‘pops out’ into a temporary isolation room which can quickly and safely stop transmission of contact and droplet pathogens. Clinell Rediroom provide a cost-effective alternative to building expensive isolation units and can be swiftly set up in any healthcare setting, even in multi-occupancy bays. Clinell Rediroom combines a high efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) with a carbon filter to filter the infectious air. Studies have shown that installing temporary isolation units in paediatric ICU improved the availability of single rooms for isolation. This reduced the number of missed isolation days by 44% (from 58% to 14%) and thus reducing the risk of transmission of infections.

[1] Unison (2018) https://www.unison.org.uk/news/ps-data/2018/01/nhs-crisis-five-charts/

[2] Simon M, Maben J, Murrells T (2016) Is single room hospital accommodation associated with differences in healthcare-associated infection, falls, pressure ulcers or medication errors? A natural experiment with non-equivalent controls. Journal Health Serv Res Policy.21:3147-155. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4904344/

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