We have already talked about some of the innovative solutions developed at Noosphere Engineering School to confront the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. In this article, we share more on how the school uses innovations in the fight against COVID-19.
The pandemic is forcing Ukraine’s healthcare system to work in an accelerated mode. Hospitals must provide additional protections like face masks, gloves, and medical suits for the medical staff and specialists. Due to the large number of medical institutions, health workers need some humanitarian and financial assistance. In this regard, the Noosphere Engineering School in Rivne decided to make face shields for them.
The shields are made of polyester and acrylic. The set also contains an elastic band. Our partner STEAM Lab in Rivne provided all the materials for the face shields. They are resistant to all disinfectants currently used in medical institutions, as well as to heat treatment at temperatures up to 90 0С. Medical staff in Rivne tested prototypes of the face shields made by the engineering school. Of the four prototypes, they chose the sample that is most easily sterilized.
Seven mentors from the Noosphere Engineering School in Rivne spent two weeks manually assembling 8,000 face shields in the lab. Each of the Noosphere Engineering Schools in Kyiv, Zhytomyr and Dnipro received a batch of these shields to distribute to various medical facilities. The first batch of 2,000 face shields was distributed to hospitals and social services of the city and region of Zaporizhzhya. The other three shipments of 2,000 shields each were delivered to the Dnipro City Clinical Hospital #21 named after prof. E.G. Popkova, Zhytomyr Primary Health Care Center, and special medical supply #1025 in Kyiv.
We hope that this small donation from the tech enthusiasts will make the work of hospital staff a little bit safer.