COVID-19 Testing Centers for American Family Care
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American Family Care (AFC) operates urgent care centers across the country. Its network of care centers includes 200 facilities across 26 states, including five centers in the Portland, Oregon area. As AFC has focused on meeting the immediate healthcare needs of its communities, the Portland area clinics pivoted to begin offering COVID-19 testing as the coronavirus spread across the Pacific Northwest.
THE CHALLENGE: TESTING & PROTECTING
THE PODS SOLUTION: POP-UP EXAM ROOMS
The safe, separate care facilities were ready to go with just an hour of transition time. The pop-up healthcare facility setup included dividing each container into two sections separated by a curtain. The back of the containers are fitted with an exam bed, chair, testing supplies, otoscope and ophthalmoscope, and a lamp. In the front of the containers, AFC personnel installed a desk, computer, label printer, and intake paperwork.
THE RESULTS: SAFE PATIENT CARE
Because each container can fit into one parking space, they don't overcrowd the lots and can be placed close to the clinics' front doors. The containers lock easily, so clinic personnel don't have to worry about the security of their medical supplies and testing kits overnight. The containers have become an important part of proper response to the coronavirus pandemic for AFC's Portland locations. While the number of patients seen in the container varies from day to day, Steffen estimates 15 to 20 patients visit the makeshift exam room at each clinic daily.