Emory Healthcare Leading the Charge

Among the inspiring stories that have emerged from the current crisis, Emory Healthcare is not only helping to lead the charge against COVID-19 through their amazing care teams and the staff who support them, but also via innovative development in the protective equipment field.

With supplies of medical personal protective equipment (PPE) strained amid the COVID-19 outbreak, a cross-disciplinary team at Emory Healthcare and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is working on a new effort to supply thousands of face shields to health care professionals on front lines in the fight against the virus.

Using 3D printers and laser cutting machines, the team has developed innovative face shield kits that can be produced rapidly and easily assembled by health care professionals.

"These face shields are a key component of the equipment that helps keep our providers safe while caring for patients during this critical time," says Kari Love, RN, MS, program director for infection prevention at Emory Healthcare.

"We were thrilled to be able to work with Georgia Tech on helping design and test prototypes for these supplies."The face shields serve an important function of protecting clinicians' eyes from splashes and droplets and also help extend the life of soft respirators intended to filter out virus particles.

The team is partnering with manufacturers to ramp up production of the face shields with plans for supplying thousands of shields per day to state and federal emergency management agencies. The thoughtful collaboration between Emory Healthcare and Georgia Tech will serve the overall health care community during a period of tireless dedication, commitment and truly heroic work.

To learn more about COVID-19 and ways you can help, please visit: www.emoryhealthcare.org/covid