ATLAS: SYSTEM OF MONITORING CONTACTS AND TRACEABILITY OF PATIENTS AND PROFESSIONALS TO CONTAIN OUTBREAKS OF INFECTIONS IN HEALTHCARE CENTRES
The control and management of intrahospital infections has been revealed as a big challenge during the COVID-19 crisis. The management is not a new problem, not either will disappear in the future, but nowadays is evident the necessity of finding solutions for infection mitigation originated by direct or indirect contact between professional, patients and medical devices.
Indoor traceability and location technologies of people or devices are a solution for helping infection control managers for detecting, analyzing and managing the contagion chains. This project will develop a technology that will provide reliable information, when individuals of a hospital will become infected, about to whom, where and when the person has been in contact with. The objectives are:
▶ Provide information about patients and professionals to whom a professional with an infectious disease has been in contact.
▶ Provide information about patients and professionals to whom a patient with an infectious disease has been in contact.
The project will be developed in two phases. Firs one will develop, deploy and pilot the use of a smartphone app for professionals connected to wearables tags for patients and equipment. This first phase will be deployed very fast (three months) with the objective of being fully operative and used in the management of the current crisis and a second phase where will be developed the complete set of foreseen features.