Creativity and invention have become a must for hospitals facing shortages of protective gear during the coronavirus outbreak. St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem has teamed up with local tech experts to help fill its gap.
3D printers at the hospital’s simulation center are normally used to make models, to practice procedures. These days, they’re printing N-95 masks and face shields. When news of mask shortages appeared, the center looked into ways to make their own. And local 3D printers were glad to help.
The masks can be reused, by changing out the filters. But the final design didn’t happen overnight. “The trial and error – what’s fitting and what’s not fitting? And then, or course, the testing of the masks,” says Megan Augustine, M.Ed., Director of St. Luke’s Simulation Center. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all. they do come in different sizes, from extra small […]
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