The simple, yet effective, design is easy to assemble and clean for reuse
The shield consists of an A4-sized overhead projector sheet attached to a plastic support frame produced by RMIT, and held on by hair ties or elastic bands.
The team has also designed a variation specifically for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeons that allows space for their spectacle-mounted headlights.
Melbourne-based ENT Head and Neck Surgeon, Dr Eric Levi, has received 70 of these specially-adapted shields and is encouraging other clinicians to trial them.
Levi applauded the responsiveness of BioFab3D and RMIT for delivering a simple, tailored solution for his profession within days.
“This is an example of how 3D printing skills are making an immediate difference to clinicians at the front lines facing the patients,” Levi said.
“I’m grateful for this innovation and collaboration. We’re all in this together.”
AMP technical staff involved in this project include Paul Porter, Paul Spithill, Philip Pille and Bradley Sherwood.
RMIT’s coordinated research response to COVID-19 includes several other projects, such as our Fashion and Textile engineers producing medical masks for healthcare workers.
This is an excerpt from ‘Stepping up to shield our healthcare workers from infection’