As the country grapples with the Covid-19 outbreak, one disturbing trend that has emerged recently is the incidence of face masks being disposed of indiscriminately. Over the past week, TODAY has seen used masks haphazardly strewn on pavements and escalators, while pictures of masks in lifts and other public areas have emerged online.
Explainer: How should face masks be properly disposed of, and can they be reused? - Published in Today Online February 19, 2020
Singapore General Hospital PPE MachineDescription:
- To provide a revolutionary way to dispense PPE to in-ward hospital staff.
- Current storage space are limited and PPE items run out very fast (especially during Covid). Replenishments are not done fast enough to cope with the increased demand.
- Usage volume cannot be tracked which may lead to over-supply.
- Contamination and Wastages e.g. the topmost N95 mask in a box is exposed, and staff tends not to use the topmost mask and takes the one below instead.
- Provides larger capacity to reduce replenishments frequency.
- Automatic real-time tracking of usage and provides visibility to users.
- Automatic real-time alerts via SMS during low stock.
- Reduce contamination and wastage. Items can be better managed for infection control in the machine.
Location: Isolation Ward
Aeras' PPE Machine @ Gek PohDescription:
- Aeras Medical’s first local retail smart vending machine.
- Leverage on smart machine as an alternative to a physical store to reach out to the heartlands with Aeras Medical’s clinically validated and proven products, to complement Aeras Medical’s already well-established online storefront.
- 24/7 store provides greater convenience for everyone to get Aeras Medical’s proven products anytime.
- Product mix includes PPE items such as surgical masks, hand sanitizers and diabetes related products and medical devices.
- Supports the go green movements with cashless payment via NETS and Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard) and electronic receipts instead of paper receipts.
- 15% storewide discount for a limited time only.
Will This Reusable Mask — Designed & Developed In Singapore — Change The Way You Think About Masks? - Published in Today Online June 27, 2020
The design is inspired by the scuba diving mask.
Now that masks are here to stay (on our faces) in the foreseeable future, it’s only natural that we're on the lookout for safe and economical alternatives to the disposable surgical mask. There are the free reusable masks handed out by the government, or fashion-forward alternatives that local fashion brands have churned out. But a group of people in Singapore, with backgrounds in medical engineering, industrial design and healthcare, have designed and invented this intriguing-looking contraption known as the Gill Mask.