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Tata Steel’s Nest-In develops COVID-19 swab collection unit to minimise contamination risk for healthcare workers

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At a price tag of Rs 1,35,000 + applicable taxes + transportation, each swab collection unit includes the structure, a battery operated sanitiser (incl. spray gun), two lights (one inside, one outside), fan, 2 way communication system, and glove ports

Nest-In, the construction solutions business venture of Tata Steel, has developedan innovative COVID-19 swab collection unit that reportedly ensures a risk-free and safer sample collection process. With the growing need to tackle the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, it has become critical to ensure an increase sample collection for testing, and in a hassle-free and safe manner, for both healthcare professionals and patients.

At a price tag of Rs 1,35,000 + applicable taxes + transportation, each swab collection unit includes the structure, a battery operated sanitiser (including spray gun), two lights (one inside, one outside), fan, 2 way communication system, and glove ports.

The cost excludes GST @ 18 per cent and other applicable taxes, gloves, sanitiser liquid, fresh test tube tray + test tubes, and a container for keeping test tubes post sample collection.

The Nest-In design and development team spent days interacting with medical professionals and studying the existing units in the market to identify pain points and derive insights. Post their study, they developed an innovative unit which ensures contact-less exchange of test-tubes and is equipped with a two-way mic and speaker system that allows clear communication between the healthcare professional and the patient. The unit is spacious and is built using insulated sandwich panels to provide an ambient and comfortable environment inside the unit.

As per a release, the unit is also equipped with an in-built disinfectant spray that eliminates the need for an additional resource to sanitise the unit after each sample collection, thus reducing the risk of infection. The toughened glass ensures clear visibility as well as safety of both healthcare professionals and patients.  

The COVID-19 swab collection unit can be used by hospitals, testing labs as well as by commercial and industrial firms inside their manufacturing plants and townships. The company will be producing units on the basis of orders received and has the capability to serve the requirements across the nation.  

Nest-In has developed several customised solutions to help the nation in its fight against the pandemic, including quarantine and isolation wards, portable toilets and ICU cabins. Nest-In has also supplied quarantine and isolation cabins for a 550-bed COVID-19 isolation facility in Kasargod, Kerala spanning 80,000 sq. ft.

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