WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A company in Colombia proposes a cardboard bed design with dual functions in response to the shortages of hospital equipment and supplies in the country.
- The cardboard bed is designed to hold a person weighing up to 330 pounds and could double as a coffin if the patient dies.
- One doctor has shared doubts about the cardboard bed design, questioning durability.
A company in Colombia designed cardboard beds with dual functions: as a hospital bed and as a coffin if the patient dies. The design is a proposed solution to shortages of hospital equipment and supplies, says ABC Displays Manager Rodolfo Gómez.
The proposal is intended to address problems that come with the virus outbreak and is structured after reviewing coronavirus reports in Ecuador. Last month, Guayaquil reported increased exposure to coronavirus after families are unable to hold burial ceremonies for the deceased.
Family members continue to wait days inside their houses with the deceased as coronavirus cases grow in numbers. The demand for wood coffins surpass the supply, leaving many unable to afford the added expense. The people are using donated cardboard coffins instead.
“Poor families don’t have a way of paying for a coffin,” Gómez said.
The company plans to launch coronavirus response efforts, starting with 10 cardboard beds donation to Amazonas Department in Columbia. There is no information on the status of the donation at the hospital facility. The hospital placed no orders for the cardboard beds and there is no indication whether these donated beds were put into use.
ABC Displays suspends work on advertisements in April as the country remains on lockdown. Columbia announced reports of 9,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
The company in partnership with a private clinic is responsible for the model. These cardboard beds are designed to hold a person weighing up to 330 pounds and will cost about $85 per bed, Gómez said. He hopes that their innovation would make an impact on coronavirus response efforts, especially since equipment and supplies are depleted in a number of hospital systems.
At least one doctor interviewed has shared doubts about the cardboard bed design, questioning durability. The doctor also warned about following protocols, saying that bodies of coronavirus patients should first be sealed in a body bag before burial to abate probabilities of transmission.
Source: NBC News