Globally, private and academic labs of every discipline are diverting resources to treat and prevent COVID-19 infections. Efforts are being made within every STEM-related field to flatten the curve, creating the opportunity for healthcare workers and scientists to move beyond treatment to prevention.
Material scientists are collaborating with additive manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment (PPE). Bioengineers worldwide are delving into microfluidics to support coronavirus-fighting measures by optimizing medicine delivery and developing low-cost aerosol disinfectants. Reaching across campuses and even entire industries, physical scientists and engineers of all disciplines are uniting to run statistical models and possibly invent smart PPE that halts the community spread of COVID-19.
And running in the background of every single one of these interdisciplinary initiatives:
facility managers and essential lab personnel.
Remote Monitoring Goes the Distance:
The world’s seismic shift to healthcare has placed tremendous pressure on lab and facility managers who must ensure machine reliability and prevent human error from stymying progress. And what’s more, many lab and facility maintenance staff are performing these herculean tasks with pared-down teams that reflect a new reality: social distancing.
Beyond research colleagues or maintenance team members adhering to the 6-foot rule, even more personnel are toiling remotely due to shelter-in-place mandates. This distancing makes wireless sensors critical components of any pandemic-driven business continuity plan. Whenever it is, lab managers can remotely check on cold storage temperatures. Wherever they are, facility managers can be alerted if a mission-critical machine needs attention. Whatever their roles, decentralized researchers, such as homebound grad students or research nurses, can follow along as monitored variables change and catalog how changes could impact outcomes.
And with pressures mounting and social distancing calling for facility managers and lab techs to do even more with less—and do it all for the greater good—these professionals are increasingly turning to remote monitoring solutions, such as Monnit Wireless Sensors, to help.
Read more below about how these wireless sensors are supporting hospitals, pharmacies, R&D engineers, and research universities worldwide within typical lab settings.