The University of Limerick and the UL Hospitals Group will aim to manufacture 100,000 face visors for HSE front-line staff.
The Rapid Innovation Unit at UL mobilised a team to create immediate solutions in response to the COVID 19 crisis.
The unit has experience in rapid design and 3D printing of medical devices in response to clinical requests.
In less than two weeks, the team designed solutions to three critical clinical challenges: a lack of face visors; the refinement of a shield concept to protect anaesthesiologists during patient intubation; and the need for adapters for respiratory equipment.
“There has been a phenomenal collaborative effort to deliver these solutions in a very short timeframe,” says Prof. Leonard O’Sullivan, of UL’s School of Design and the Health Research Institute.
The new equipment will help to protect the health of front line staff and increase treatment capacities in the hospital system.
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