There are a variety of efforts by startup business and entrepreneurs aiming to support the health care response to COVID-19, and one that’s addressing a requirement in the realm of personal protective devices is the COVID Box job launched by a group of volunteers in Toronto that includes start-up founders and employees, along with doctors and health care specialists.
The COVID-19 intubation box that this group is working to produce is a polycarbonate box that can be flat-packed for simple shipping, and assembled rapidly on the receiving end, for use in health care facilities while medical workers intubate a client. Intubation is the procedure of placing a plastic tube into a client’s trachea to help keep their air passage open, and is specifically needed when somebody requires to be placed on a ventilator– a common outcome for patients severely affected by COVID-19.
The intubation box provides healthcare workers with an additional layer of security, while the transparent plastic used ways they can still perform the treatment. The style is based upon an open-sourced initial strategy that was launched by Dr. Hsien Yung Lai, a doctor in Taiwan, particularly to attend to the international difficulty of intubating COVID-19 clients worldwide while preserving care worker safety as much as is possible.
The COVID Box project offers directions on how to make your own box with the requisite products, but it is hoping to secure more mass production capacity to provide them at scale, beginning with Canadian hospitals and ideally broadening to attend to health care needs all over the world, too. Task co-founder Jonathan Norris (co-founder and CTO of Taplytics) said the group has actually been working for a week on prototyping and production.
“Early recently Taplytics Head of Finance, Gloria Cheung, concerned us letting us know that a group of Medical professionals were looking to get a simple plastic box made to secure Medical Companies while intubating patients who have COVID-19,” he said via message. “We were able to connect the physicians with a group of engineers from Taplytics and folks I understand from mentoring in the FIRST Robotics program, to design and develop several models of a flat-packable box designed for this usage. We worked with Eventscape to quickly developed prototypes and got the final version approved for usage in the Trillium Health Network yesterday.”
The group is searching for donations to assist scale its efforts, in addition to manufacturing partners that can assist— specifically those who have access to CNC router hardware, which is basically the only devices required to put these out, along with anybody who can provide 1/4 ″ polycarbonate sheets.
Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.