The Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology Devises a Project to Monitor and Limit the Spread of Infection in Hospitals
A team from the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, consisting of Prof. Maha Al-Sabrouti and Dr. Ahmed Allam, in cooperation with BC Planet, developed a system to monitor and limit the spread of infection in hospitals. The system can ensure that all workers are bound to sterilizing their hands before and after dealing with patients as it provides a wide picture that helps reduce the spread of infection inside the hospital, through daily reports and instant alerts.
The system consists of.
- An electronic badge worn by the hospital service provider, and a badge assigned to each doctor or nurse.
- An automatic reader placed next to each hospital bed.
- An intelligent antiseptic dispenser.
- An algorithm stored on the main server including a schematic diagram of the hospital comprising all its rooms and departments.
Upon the onset of his/her work, the hospital service provider wears the electronic emblem, and before heading to a new patient, must pass the disinfectant and undergo the sterilization process according to the rules set by the World Health Organization. The emblem he/she carries displays a green light and he/she can then deal with the patient. In turn, the emblem will display a red light after dealing with the patient. The reader suspended next to the patient’s bed will read the doctor’s badge and send it to the main server; hence, the doctor must perform sterilization once more before moving on to a new patient. In the event that the doctor inadvertently forgets to undergo sterilization, the reader installed near the new patient will launch a warning beep upon reading the doctor’s badge and discovering lack of sterilization through the database. This will be an alert for both the doctor and the patient that the doctor must undergo the sterilization process before check up.
The research team at the university has developed a smart bracelet that can detect the vital signs of patients such as temperature and others, sending them regularly to the database, which forms the heart of the new product, capable of tracking patients during the period of health isolation.
Among the most important outputs of the project is the development of a smart distributor of cleansing fluids, which has been submitted for registration as a patent and is the core of the project entitled “Improvement and Production on a Large Scale by a Smart Distributor of Hand Sanitizer Fluids” funded by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology through their Ideation fund. The university collaborated with new BC Planet to develop the smart distributor, which identifies those who use it through an electronic badge worn by the hospital service provider recording the user’s use of the device. The distributor also contains a set of sensors that ensure that an appropriate amount of sterilization is distributed and that the service provider undergoes sterilization properly which is recorded in the database.
The project aims to develop the smart distributor so that its work is not limited to hospitals only, but to be of use in all public facilities. Its mass production helps in the idea of accommodating the virus within our everyday lives in compliance with precautionary measures.
On the other hand, the same research team (Prof. Maha Al-Sabrouti and Dr. Ahmed Allam) supervises a promising group of undergraduate students from the School of Electronics, Communications and Computer Engineering in developing a mobile application that can follow individuals in homes and communities and alert them when violating social distances or approaching people suspected of infection. This comes within the framework of its research efforts aimed at contributing to the fight against the Coronavirus and with funding from the Innovation Cluster in Borg El-Arab (one of ITIDA-Ministry of Communications projects).