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Office pod manufacturer and Kingston medical community collaborate on mobile exam room

The pod, which is a variation of the SnapCab Work+ model, is an enclosed yet ventilated office area with its own HEPA filtration system.

June 16, 2021  by CM Staff

Interior of SnapCab Care physician workstation with semi-enclosed examination room (CNW Group/SnapCab)

KINGSTON — SnapCab, a manufacturer of office pods and workspaces designed for safety and flexibility, has collaborated with a Kingston, Ontario medical expert to develop SnapCab Care, a new mobile medical exam room for the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) COVID-19 Assessment Centre (AC).

The SnapCab Care is located inside KHSC’s COVID-19 AC, which is at the Beechgrove Complex Recreation Centre. The SnapCab Care is an isolated pod connected to a semi-enclosed examination area that physicians can take advantage of in order to treat patients requiring additional privacy and comfort.

The pod, which is a variation of the SnapCab Work+ model, is an enclosed yet ventilated office area with its own HEPA filtration system, a glass front with a sound-blocking glass door, as well as two windows with one-way glass, allowing physicians to see out into the AC and exam area while fully maintaining the privacy of the patients they are treating.

The exam area features the SnapCab Connects wall system and is accessible to gurneys. This area allows physicians to work directly with patients who require more private, serious care. When the entire unit is facing the wall, as it is meant to be used, the exam area provides audio and visual privacy to those inside.

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SnapCab, established in Warrington, Pennsylvania, has a new start-up factory in Kingston specializing in workspace products. Before the pandemic, the company manufactured meeting pods for up to six people. With the world now keeping its distance, the company pivoted to pandemic-friendly products.

In addition to SnapCab Care and testing pods, the company took its Meet 4 and Meet 6 collaboration-style pod products and redesigned them into individual office pods called the Work and Work+.

The team developed a home office pod, the Meet 2, as well as the Consult, a two-person pod designed with a glass partition to provide a safe place for face-to-face interactions. The Consult has been featured by the Globe and Mail, CTV News and other national media for its use in an Ottawa church.


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