DAVAO CITY The Department of Science and Technology Region 11 (DOST 11) has turned over on Tuesday, June 23, two specimen collection booths (SCBs) to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) here.
In a statement, the DOST said the collection booths are designed and fabricated by DOST Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST PCIEERD) and Startup Grant awardee, Futuristic Aviation and Maritime Enterprise, Inc.(FAME).
These SCBs will serve as [a] protective barrier between the medical frontliner and the suspected COVID-19 patient, it added.
The DOST explained that the booth uses a pressure sensor to maintain positive pressure to prevent outside contamination from getting inside.
The medical professional collects samples by swabbing the nose and throat using the arm-length nitrile gloves built into the front window of the booth where the patient is seated. After swabbing, the samples are transmitted to accredited testing laboratories.
The DOST 11 said it was targeting to deliver one SCB to the Davao Chest Center in Davao City and two to the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Davao del Norte by next week.