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A Race Against Time, Taiwan Airway Medical Association (TAMA) Demonstrate Self-Sample Collection for COVID-19

by Wisdom Frida

People in many countries are trapped in lockdown, the medical experts have used video to let people know how to prevent epidemics. Taiwan Airway Medical Association publishes the latest knowledge on epidemic prevention and inspection.

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Taipei, Taiwan (Merxwire) – As coronavirus outbreak grows, 2.6 million people worldwide have been infected with the new coronaviruses. It has killed more than 184,000 people worldwide, about a quarter of them in the United States. The number of confirmed cases in the United States has exceeded 849,000.

In New York, which was the hard-hit by the virus, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he aims to double the testing capacity of New York State to some 40,000 people per day. Researchers at Harvard University suggest that the United States cannot safely reopen unless it conducts more than three times the number of coronavirus tests in the next month.

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Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates mass testing of individuals for SARS-CoV-2 infection. Those responsible for sample collection need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves from infection. This consumes large amounts of non-re-useable PPE and generates large amounts of medical waste. Those responsible for sample collection are at risk of becoming infected.

The Taiwan Airway Medical Association(TAMA) have published a video on Youtube to show how to do a self-collection of nasal swabs for SARS-CoV-2 testing and the procedure was demonstrated by a respiratory intensive care specialist, Doctor Vincent Yi-Fong Su. This method is suitable to be used by most adults who are not acutely ill and do not have physical or cognitive impairment. The person doing the self-sample collection uses disposable gloves but does not require full PPE. Self-collection of samples has the potential to greatly reduce the consumption of PPE and to reduce the risk of infection among health-workers responsible for sample collection.

In the video, the famous respiratory intensive care specialist in Taiwan, Doctor Vincent Yi-Fong Su personally demonstrated the procedures as following:

First, do a quick flu screening, and then complete the rapid screening of the new coronavirus. At present, the rapid screening will have two sampling rods, so it will be done twice. Usually, clinical practice is to do both nostrils and once, this will not be missed. Because it is now known that the testing accuracy from the nostrils is higher than that of the oral cavity, doctor Su suggest doing the testing from the nostrils. Unless the patient has one side of the nostril that is narrow, he or she will consider only one side, otherwise it is usually both sides. When patients are doing, he or she must pull down the mask and keep their mouth covered to avoid the spread of droplets. Remember to extend the testing rod to the end when patients reach in, so that it is qualified, there will be a little discomfort, and he or she would cry but this is a normal physical response. After finishing, put the rod into the collection tube, then break the inspection rod, screw the lid tightly, and put it into our special clip chain bag, then patients can send out the sample. At this time, the medical waste was thrown into the medical infectious trash, so that the patient successfully completed a self-collection test, including two sets of COVID-19 and a quick screening of influenza, and then handed the chain bag to nurse.

Taiwan’s health care and epidemic prevention policies have controlled the outbreak of Covid-19, and the Chinese Professional Baseball League has become the only professional baseball game in the world. The Taiwan Airway Medical Association releases the latest health and medical knowledge on Youtube every week. More video pleast visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHDR7p-4F1vHatF5viQZNYg


Source: The Taiwan Airway Medical Association

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