The Intubation Box is an inexpensive reusable protection device originally devised by Dr Hsien Yung Lai in Taiwan.
We (ER doctors and designers) have taken his gracious design and altered it for the American body habitus.
The Intubation Box works by sitting over the head and shoulders of a patient as they are intubated by a provider. The box acts as a protective shield between the patient and medical staff, thereby hopefully minimizing spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Intubation is the procedure of placing a tube into the trachea of a critically ill patient who needs to be placed on a ventilator.
After each intubation, the box can be cleaned with a bleach or an alcohol solution such as the 55% isopropyl alcohol Sani-Cloth wipes. This allows multiple uses a day and every intubation is a highly dangerous procedure for healthcare workers at this time as it can cause the virus to be propelled directly into the faces of the doctor and staff intubating the patient.
We have quickly created this website so that people who need Intubation Boxes are able to request one, connect with those who can make one, or create one themselves.
These boxes are currently been made and donated by local companies in Phoenix, Urban Plough, Tuft & Needle and Ortho Spine Partners . Each box costs approximately $160 USD (material, fabrication, labor, and shipping). You can help us get more of these boxes into hospitals by making a donation, it will also help our local businesses and make this effort more sustainable.
For more information, please visit: https://intubationbox.com/.
Thank you, and please be safe.
ABC15 Arizona was gracious enough to cover us in a news article big thanks to them for the exposure!
Concise summary for GF: Who: Benjamin Reeser ER Doc in AZ, Funds are being handled by nonprofit Anodyne International(which I founded in 2013 with 5 others), Funds will be distributed to the fabrication shops(via Anodyne International's bank account where the GF donations are deposited) to cover the material/fabrication/assembly/shipping of boxes, boxes will then be shipped or hand delivered to hospitals. List and number of boxes will be made public on intubationbox.com and updated as often as possible. Volunteers helping me with this endeavor are actively updating and helping coordinate this initiative as I type this. Further questions can be asked via contact form on intubationbox.com
List of hospitals that have received boxes already (updated every few days)
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