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Yeungnam University type drive-through (YU-Thru) coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) screening system: a rapid and safe screening system

Yeungnam University Journal of Medicine 2020년 37권 4호 p.349 ~ 355
서완석, 김성호, 송시연, 허지안, 이준, 최선호, 이유정, 배대석,
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서완석 ( Seo Wan-Seok ) - Yeungnam University College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
김성호 ( Kim Seong-Ho ) - Yeungnam University College of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery
송시연 ( Song Si-Youn ) - Yeungnam University College of Medicine Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
허지안 ( Hur Ji-An ) - Yeungnam University College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine
이준 ( Lee Jun ) - Yeungnam University College of Medicine Department of Neurology
최선호 ( Choi Sun-Ho ) - Yeungnam University Medical Center Department of General Affairs
이유정 ( Lee Yoo-Jung ) - Yeungnam University Hospital Department of Psychiatry
배대석 ( Bai Dai-Seg ) - Yeungnam University Hospital Department of Psychiatry

Abstract


Active and prompt scale-up screening tests are essential to efficiently control the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The goal of this work was to identify shortcomings in the conventional screening system (CSS) implemented in the beginning of the outbreak. To overcome these shortcomings, we then introduced a novel, independently developed system called the Yeungnam University type drive-through (YU-Thru), and distributed it nationwide in Korea. This system is similar to the drive-throughs utilized by fast food restaurants. YU-Thru system has shortened the time taken to test a single person to 2?4 minutes, by completely eliminating the time required to clean and ventilate the specimen collection room. This time requirement was a major drawback of the CSS. YU-Thru system also reduced the risk of subjects and medical staff infecting one another by using a separate and closed examination system. On average, 50 to 60 tests were conducted per day when using the CSS, while now up to 350 tests per day are conducted with the YU-Thru system. We believe that the YU-Thru system has made an important contribution to the rapid detection of COVID-19 in Daegu, South Korea. Here, we will describe the YU-Thru system in detail so that other countries experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks can take advantage of this system.

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Conventional screening system; COVID-19; Rapid screening system; YU-Thru system

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