Kitchener-based manufacturing company creates innovative COVID-19 testing booth to reduce need for personal protective equipment
By Durrell CommunicationsGeneral
Imagine Fiberglass’ testing booth is based on a Harvard Medical School design and is expected to save millions in PPE usage
KITCHENER, ON | MAY 14, 2020 — Imagine Fiberglass Products Inc., a Kitchener-based manufacturer of fiber-reinforced plastic products, is excited to announce it has created an innovative COVID-19 testing station that allows healthcare professionals to administer tests while reducing the need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Called the IsoBooth, the testing station would eliminate healthcare workers having to dispose of PPE – gloves, masks, gowns, face shields – after every test is administered, saving millions of dollars and reducing environmental waste.
“The IsoBooth is intended to give healthcare providers a safe and comfortable place to administer tests while significantly reducing the amount of PPE consumed by traditional testing methods,” said Imagine Fiberglass President Jim Ashton. “Ontario alone intends to ramp up testing to 16,000 per day. Implementation of the IsoBooth would eliminate the use of almost two million disposable gloves and one million masks in two months.”
The IsoBooth is based on a design by Harvard Medical School researchers that allows a clinician to stand inside, apart from the patient, and administer a swab test from gloved external hand ports. A shelf, or customized tray on the front of the both, holds test kits, supplies and a canister of sanitizing wipes to be used to clean the gloves and the shield between patients.
In addition to the potential cost savings that would be generated by the IsoBooth, it also reduces the amount of environmental waste that would otherwise be generated by PPE disposal. Approximately 3,900 kilograms of hazardous PPE waste is created every day in hospitals and healthcare facilities across Canada for every 60,000 tests administered nationally. The IsoBooth would eliminate this waste entirely, reducing the burden on our waste treatment facilities, as well as our overall environmental footprint.
“Environmental sustainability has been a cornerstone of the Canadian government’s policy initiatives since being elected to office in 2015. It is incumbent on our federal leaders to explore and implement sustainable solutions to the COVID-19 outbreak so as not to deter from our environmental objectives,” said Ashton.
Made from fiberglass and polycarbonate, the IsoBooth is easy to clean and highly durable. Weighing only 35 kilograms, the booth can be easily moved by two people.
A similar version of the IsoBooth has been widely adopted in South Korea, a nation that has been lauded for its efforts in its handling of COVID-19. The booths have been deployed in medical institutions, airports and other high-traffic buildings across the nation. Deemed an effective method for mitigating PPE usage, the booths are also being exported to Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Italy and the Philippines.
For more information on the IsoBooth, please visit www.imaginefiberglass.com.
ABOUT IMAGINE FIBERGLASS
Imagine Fiberglass Products Inc. is a manufacturer of fiber-reinforced plastic products and tooling located in Kitchener, Ontario. The company manufactures swimming pools and RV’s in addition to the IsoBooth. Imagine Fiberglass has also supplied tooling and finished goods to the automotive industry, internationally recognized theme parks, research facilities and more.