Infrared thermography for risk reduction of nosocomial cross infections during the COVID-19 Pandemic

potential application in healthcare facilities

Authors

  • Renata Rodrigues Teixeira Castro Universidade Iguaçu, Faculdade de Medicina, Nova Iguaçu, Brasil. Hospital Naval Marcílio Dias, Clínica de Cardiologia, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Cardiologia do Esporte, Cardiologia do Esporte, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5560-693X
  • João Giffoni da Silveira Neto Universidade Iguaçu, Faculdade de Medicina, Nova Iguaçu, Brasil. Cardiologia do Esporte, Cardiologia do Esporte, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8678-5501
  • Leonardo de Souza Moreira Alves Universidade Federal Fluminense, Pós-graduação em Ciências Cardiovasculares, Niterói, Brasil https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8296-2745
  • Adalgiza Mafra Moreno Universidade Iguaçu, Faculdade de Medicina, Nova Iguaçu, Brasil. Cardiologia do Esporte, Cardiologia do Esporte, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3681-7314
  • Marco Orsini Universidade Iguaçu, Faculdade de Medicina, Nova Iguaçu, Brasil https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8526-6937
  • Roberta Rodrigues Teixeira de Castro Universidade Iguaçu, Faculdade de Medicina, Nova Iguaçu, Brasil. Cardiologia do Esporte, Cardiologia do Esporte, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6096-9727

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.29352/mill0214.20456

Keywords:

infrared thermography, Covid-19, pandemic, cardiovascular disease, cross-infection

Abstract

Introduction: Among millions of people who may be infected with COVID-19, patients with cardiovascular and oncologic diseases exhibit the highest risks of having worse outcomes. These patients are subject to chronic disease decompensation and may be subjected to cross-infection while visiting health facilities that are taking care of COVID-19 infected patients.

Objective: To present scientific evidence and propose the use of infrared thermography for the reduction of viral cross-infection in healthcare facilities.

Methods: Theoretical essay

Results: Previous experience in pandemic show favorable results with the use of infrared thermography identifying infected patients and reducing the possibility of cross infections.

Conclusion: Infrared thermography is a radiation-free, relatively inexpensive, noncontact, and noninvasive technology that could be used for mass-screening of patients and visitors with fever, especially in services where patients with cardiovascular disease seek for medical care, reducing the risk of cross-infection.

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