Unprecedented times call for unprecedented—and speedy—innovations. Multinational company Stretch Marquees and Fabric Structures spent the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic repurposing existing products and creating new ones to meet the needs of the global health crisis. The results include a disinfection tunnel and a negative pressure inflatable structure.
Launched with the company’s Italian suppliers, the disinfection tunnel is
a gateway for sanitizing and decontaminating items and people. It features an integrated hydraulic system for the atomization of biocides and virucides. The tunnel contains the atomized liquid spray inside to effectively saturate the environment. It promotes the disinfection of all surfaces, even those that are not directly exposed to the nozzles. It can be installed at the entrance of public ofﬁces, pharmacies, supermarkets, airports, hospitals, ports or stations and is suitable for companies that need to sanitize the workforce, goods, vehicles and materials.
The negative pressure inflatable structure is an inflatable tent with pass boxes on the sidewall for access pipes and electrical ducting, which are required to create a negative pressure room. It is designed to contain airborne contaminants such as viruses, bacteria, pollens, gases, VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and chemicals. Hospitals use isolation rooms that are negatively pressurized with respect to adjacent areas to prevent airborne contaminants from drifting to other areas and contaminating patients, staff and sterile equipment. Negative pressure tents can be set
up outside hospitals and clinics so that possible COVID-19 patients can
be screened in a free-standing facility without the risk of spread to others.
Other uses include ICU rooms, emergency department public waiting areas, triage, laboratory work areas, autopsy rooms and industrial safety areas.
For information, visit www.stretchstructures.com.