As shortages of personal protective materials for healthcare professionals become increasingly severe, a team of marine engineers and anaesthesiologists have developed two new reusable face masks that could be used by medical staff having to treat COVID-19 patients.
The initiative was kick-started by Marc Derks, senior project manager at Damen, and Tim Lodder, CEO of Blue Orange Wave, a leading provider of virtual reality solutions to the maritime industry.
The two designs – the COVID Lifesaver Mask and Air-Wave Protector – are both ‘open source’ solutions that can be copied freely anywhere in the world on a not-for-profit basis.
The COVID Lifesaver Mask is used for short-duration activity, while the Air-Wave Protector has been designed for longer-use requirements.
Both systems use the same snorkel mask connected with a customised 3D printed connector to a medical-grade filter and air pump used in the welding industry for personal protection.
The air pump creates a positive pressure in the mask, reducing air leakage and promoting ease of breathing.
Preliminary testing has shown that the solutions provide better protection than commonly used FFP2 masks.
Royal Dutch Shell, a partner in the project, has already begun 3D printing the required connectors at its Amsterdam technology centre.
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