As Newfoundland and Labrador health professionals respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in hospitals and clinics around the province, they’re in desperate need of high-quality, functional personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves against the virus.
PolyUnity, which recently became part of Eastern Health’s Living Labs initiative, has partnered with the health authority and other private and public organizations - including MUNMed3D, Brilliant Labs NL, and the Genesis Centre - to begin 3D-printing valuable components of the PPE face shields.
The PolyUnity team has developed a 3D-printable template for the face shields, which will be printed in a clean room at the Living Labs facility, used by Eastern Health medical professionals for rigorous testing, and will then be finalized and mass produced.
Two types of face shields are being produced by PolyUnity, a thicker procedural type and a second, thinner type we’ve dubbed “the slim.” The slim will be mass produced for the use in hospitals all across Newfoundland and Labrador.
Package includes one headband, one strap, and one window.
Attach strap to headband.
Attach window to pegs from left to right. Leave visor wings until next step.
Attach visor to the outermost long pegs.
Ensure appropriate fit. Shield is ready for use.
PolyUnity’s face shield is designed for providers who are performing procedures at high-risk for aerosol or fluid contamination and also allows for the use of surgical loupes or goggles, as well as an N95 mask. The shields cover the entire upper neck, face, and crown, and are designed for comfort and security, easy to put on and remove (don and doff) without risking self contamination, and to minimize fogging. All parts will be sanitized before use.
There is currently a need for thousands of face shields in Newfoundland and Labrador and PolyUnity hopes to help meet this need in the coming weeks. Production is already underway with generously donated 3D-printers from partnering organizations at MUNMED3D, Brilliant Labs, the Genesis Centre, schools, community organizations, and even private citizens. We at PolyUnity have dedicated all of our time to this project, building a 3D-printer “farm” with more than 50 3D-printers, working constantly to meet the needs of our medical community.
PolyUnity will be working to meet the needs of the local medical community in the coming weeks. However, the company is doing its part to combat the COVID-19 virus at all levels where possible.
PolyUnity would like to thank its community partners, those who provided 3D-printers, and other supports for this project.