As the COVID-19 situation progresses, hospitals across the state are dealing with a dilemma and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is doing their part to help increase production on personal protective equipment, (PPE). Doing this will help resolve the shortage of these materials that are in high demand for healthcare workers. CTSI plans to design and mobilize 3D printers for rapid manufacturing at partner universities: Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame. As part of this effort, the Indiana CTSI is also partnering with the local campuses of Ivy Tech Community College.
Now focusing on printing the most optimal medical face shields, all teams have PPE materials ready for distribution. As production rates will rise, the coordinating teams plan to collaborate with hospitals and other organizations to figure out what their individual needs are.
Although the face shields will not be sterile, they will be clean, as the only human contact would be from the person removing the piece from the 3D printer. The collaborating performance is expected to be able to produce several thousand face shields each week, spread across the various printing locations.
Institutions that are needing supplies are being requested to first visit EMResource, the Indiana State Department of Health’s new coordination system, to track COVID-19 supply availability. If an organization needs face shields and is interested in securing a shipment through this coordinated effort, please fill out the survey provided by Indiana CTSI.