We are raising funds to manufacture clear polycarbonate boxes to protect front-line healthcare workers from the COVID-19 virus. The boxes create a barrier between the clinician and the patient during high-risk, aerosol-generating medical procedures such as intubations and tracheotomies. Our current goal is $3000 which will allow us to fulfill current request for 15 boxes we have from Milwaukee area hospitals for these devices. The cost per box is $200. Please see the project details below.
Time is of the essence. Right now, we simply need to equip healthcare providers with the tools they need to protect themselves, and eliminate the normal timelines and barriers involved in procuring new equipment. Healthcare providers in Wisconsin are preparing themselves for the rise in new COVID cases that's expected to peak over the next couple weeks. We are working with Wisconsin and Milwaukee area healthcare providers that are currently waiting for delivery of these devices. Here is the current need we're addressing:
10 - Intubation boxes to be donated to Children's Wisconsin – Milwaukee
5 - Intubation boxes will be donated to other Wisconsin area hospitals
We need your financial support to fund the purchase of materials, and to help support production and shipping costs, and to quickly get these devices into the hands of healthcare workers.
NEED BOXES FOR YOUR HOSPITAL? REQUEST BOXES HERE
The CDC, WHO and many international guidelines agree that the highest risk of transmission of COVID-19 to healthcare providers is during aerosol-generating medical procedures such as intubations and tracheostomies. These transparent polycarbonate boxes create a barrier between the clinician and the patient during these high-risk medical procedures. As healthcare workers continue to struggle with shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), and as they prepare for the spike of COVID-19 cases expected in the coming weeks, this simple solution helps protect healthcare providers most at risk.
Our team, inspired by projects like https://www.covidbox.org/, has been working directly with key clinicians and healthcare leaders at Children's Wisconsin – Milwaukee to refine the design and optimize the device for clinical use and effectiveness. We have finished prototyping and are ready for manufacturing of a efficient, inexpensive, and high-quality PPE device. The box is made of CNC routed polycarbonate plastic that can be flat packed and assembled one site with simple fasteners.
We’re a team of volunteers and organizations that are compiling our time and resources to meet this need. With this team we have the engineering skills, the clinical expertise, the machinery, the manufacturing knowledge, and material suppliers needed to design, develop, produce and distribute a device that will help protect our healthcare workers. Here’s a look at our team:
Accurate Pattern Inc (Bruce Williams - Owner) - Production Expertise, Manufacturing Facility
PurposeMade – Financial Support, Organization
Armand Lulo – Project Leadership, Communications & Production Support
Daniel Jones – Design, Engineering, Prototyping & Production Support
Steven Hartl – Communications & Production Support
Jackie Jansen – Healthcare Outreach & Fundraising
Special thanks to Children’s Wisconsin - Milwaukee and Dr. Dick Berens, MD, Pediatric Anesthesiology; Dr. Steven Butz, MD Pediatric Anesthesiology; Dr. Amy Drendel, Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Khris O'Brien, Respiratory Clinical Program Coordinator; and Robyn Saxe, MS, RN Director, Clinical Systems for providing their clinical expertise in the research, development and prototyping of this device.
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