Coronavirus company news summary – Rolls-Royce to furlough 4,000 staff – US Army opens intensive care ward – Indian Navy develops remote monitoring tool

11 May 2020 (Last Updated May 11th, 2020 09:22)

Rolls-Royce has announced plans to furlough more than 4,000 of its employees in the UK. This is one of the immediate actions that the company is taking to deal with the prevailing market conditions. In an annual general meeting statement, Rolls-Royce said: “Year to date, our Defence business has been robust, although the impact of social distancing and self-isolation on our operations and those of our suppliers represents a potential risk to activity levels.”

The US Army’s overseas military hospital Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) has opened a new intensive care ward. Dubbed 10C, the new unit will serve as a swing ward to treat both lower acute patients and any COVID infected individuals. It features modernised infrastructure, enhanced configuration, new monitoring systems, new isolation rooms and built-in oxygen capabilities.

The Indian Navy’s Eastern Naval Command has developed a solution to remotely monitor the vital signs of Covid patients. The solution was designed after a request from the Vishakha Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS), reported local media sources. A team of two officers and four workers of the Naval Dockyard-Visakhapatnam were involved in the conversion of audio-visual output of the bedside patient monitoring system to High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) output. This is incorporated for all beds in the intensive care unit (ICU) via a digital video recorder. The HDMI output is relayed on a display located outside the ICU for the staff to easily monitor.