New York University is among the many academic, private and public establishments doing what it can to deal with the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) among healthcare staff internationally. The school worked rapidly to develop an open-source face-shield design and is now offering that design to any and all to help scale up manufacturing to fulfill needs.
Face shields are a vital piece of kit for frontline healthcare staff working in close contact with COVID-19 sufferers. They’re mostly plastic, transparent masks that extend fully to cover a wearer’s face. These are for use in tandem with N95 and surgical masks and can shield a healthcare professional from exposure to droplets containing the virus expelled by sufferers when they cough or sneeze.
This was designed in partnerships with clinicians, and over 100 of them have been distributed to emergency rooms. NYU’s team plans to ramp up manufacturing of as much as 300,000 of these once they’ve materials in hand at the factories of manufacturing partners they’re collaborating with, which include Daedalus Design and Production, PRG Scenic Technologies and Showman Fabricators.
Now, the team is putting the design on the market for pubic use, along with downloadable tool equipment so that different organizations can hopefully replicate what they’ve executed and get more into circulation. They’re welcoming inbound contact from producers who can help ramp up manufacturing capability.