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Georgia-based initiative aims to address shortage of face masks


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 1st, 2020

The Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI), the first and only comprehensive medical device center in the Southeast, is collaborating with a group of Atlanta-area researchers to address the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospital workers dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.

GCMI will work with scientists from the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) to provide manufacturing facilities with face mask designs, free of charge, for production and distribution.

“Our team has been working toward rapid response for the mass manufacturable face shields. In coming up with this design, we have explored both rigid frame and origami-style face shields for open source design and manufacture of these critical products,” says Chris Saldana, associate professor at GA Tech.

“Our goal is to enable manufacturers to produce hundreds of face shields per day to provide to healthcare workers and hospitals around the nation, as well as to provide the open source design for others to fabricate these shields anywhere in the world,” says Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta researcher Joanna Newton.

“The initiative was borne out of necessity due to the PPE shortage facing hospital and healthcare workers around the country in light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” adds Newton. “This is an unprecedented time for all of us, and collaboration is key to finding solutions.”

Source: OA Online

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