Pilot tests for prototype face shield to replace goggles

A nurse (right) donning the new face shield prototype which comes with a frame that leverages 3D-printing technology, while another wears the face visor that healthcare staff can currently opt for in lieu of wearing protective goggles. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The shield – which consists of a clear plastic sheet held up by a spectacle frame, an elastic band or a Velcro strip – protects the wearer’s face during risky procedures such as the suctioning of bodily fluids that might be potentially infectious.

Made using 3D-printing, these prototypes were modelled after an older face shield used during the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak in 2003. They were showcased to the media at the Centre for Healthcare Innovation’s Living Lab yesterday.

“When people are uncomfortable with the equipment they use, they start adjusting it, which might lead to contamination, and pose a certain risk to the healthcare worker,” said Dr Vasoo.

 

Source: The Straits Times

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