Erin Blasko | May 18, 2020
The University of Notre Dame is continuing to respond to demand for protective equipment amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this time with the design and fabrication of intubation boxes for local health care providers.
An intubation box is a clear, open-ended cube that fits over a patient’s head and protects medical personnel during intubation — the process of inserting a tube into a patient’s airway to accommodate the use of a ventilator.
The Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering is fabricating two versions of the boxes — one for Elite Emergency Physicians, a local physicians group, and one for Saint Joseph Health System of Mishawaka — with specialized equipment in Notre Dame’s Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research.
Both are based on a prototype developed by Matt Leevy, director of the Innovation Lab at the Notre Dame IDEA Center, in consultation with Dr. Phillip Schafer, a partner with Elite Emergency Physicians, and with assistance from Adrian Gonzalez, a mechanical engineer and graduate of the ESTEEM graduate program at Notre Dame.
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