Daikin teams up with allies to offer negative pressure room for COVID-19 patients to Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute for medical personnel’s safety
2 June 2020 / Activity
PSEC, Phatub, Daikin and Num Chiang Lee along with Air Conditioning Engineering Association of Thailand, joined forces to build 4-bed negative pressure room for Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute to accommodate patients with COVID-19 and other infectious respiratory diseases to reduce the spread of pathogens and the risk of infection among medical personnel during COVID-19 treatment.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, negative pressure rooms become a vital feature in hospitals to isolate COVID-19 cases from other patients and protect medical personnel and other patients from exposure to the virus.
The urgent and crucial need of such medical facility urged four allies, namely PSEC, Phatub, Siam Daikin Sales and Num Chiang Lee, to come together and build 4-bed negative pressure cohort ward for patients with COVID-19 and other infectious respiratory diseases at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, with Air Conditioning Engineering Association of Thailand acting as a consultant to the project and liaison with the Ministry of Public Health.
The negative pressure room is a room that contains lesser air pressure than the outside air that prevents the air inside the room to get out and contaminate the public area, and hence prevents the spread of infectious pathogens to other parts of the hospital. The negative pressure room is highly recommended to be used for COVID-19 cases that has a high infection rate, especially if the surrounding environment of the positive cases is not properly contained.
Mr. Panchai Sirivimolmas, Managing Director of PSEC, revealed that the project was initiated earlier in March at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. PSEC wished to contribute to the society and reached out to Air Conditioning Engineering Association of Thailand to lend support. It was agreed upon to build a negative pressure room for Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, which is the center of COVID-19 treatment, to be the prototype that will further benefit more medical institutions and the society.
Mr. Panchai explained further that the negative pressure room was constructed from a container and it was fully assembled before being moved to Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute. The container was donated to the project by Phatub, a modular room installation and renovation company, while the assembling was executed at Num Chiang Lee’s factory which is also used for the car roof assembly. Num Chiang Lee assembled and fitted the container with the door, sealant, and run a system test, which is the key feature of the room. And since a negative pressure room needed Outside Air Unit (OAU) air conditioning system, and the project, therefore, reached out to Siam Daikin Sales who immediately agreed to support.
“I contacted Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute and went to inspect the institution earlier in March, which was the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. I saw how doctors and nurses as well as other patients were exposed to COVID-19 and risked their lives. That inspired me to build a negative pressure room to keep them safe,” Mr. Panchai said.
Mr. Panchai also enthused that the project is more than happy to share the negative pressure room know-how to other organizations that will use it to benefit the society.
Mr. Akihisa Yokoyama, president of Siam Daikin Sales, revealed that the company was delighted to be part of the effort to construct the negative pressure room for COVID-19 positive patients. Siam Daikin Sales donated a negative pressure air conditioner to the project and assisted with the installation, and the company looks to use this know-how to further benefit the society in the future.
“Thailand has an excellent healthcare system. The less and less COVID-19 positive case is the result of everyone’s hard work and dedication, thanks to Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute that takes great care of COVID-19 patients,” Mr. Yokoyama said.
Dr. Apichart Vachiraphan, director of Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, stated that presently affiliated hospitals in Bangkok have 70 negative pressure rooms while the institution has 15. Negative pressure rooms help keep the medical personnel safe from infection while giving treatment and care to COVID-19 patients.
“Thailand has sufficient resources to handle COVID-19 pandemic, and this comes from the hard work of every party involved. Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute had prepared for this pandemic since December last year when cases of lung infection emerged. In January, we alerted our staff, prepared them mentally, and had them equipped to face this novel virus. It’s not an overstatement to say that the institute handles the pandemic excellently. Not a single staff at our institution has been infected with the virus and the positive cases in Thailand rapidly decline,” Dr. Apichart said.
The initiative by the four business allies and the Air Conditioning Engineering Association of Thailand does not only highlight the collaborative effort of the private sector in building negative pressure cohort ward for patients with COVID-19 virus and other infectious respiratory diseases, but it also reflects the ongoing effort of all party involved to fight off COVID-19 pandemic. It is a project that inspires others and aspires everyone to take action to rise above the COVID-19 crisis together.