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This is a difficult time in which people may feel powerless to help combat COVID-19, but there are things you can do to help protect your community. Please read the information below to learn what items have been deemed critical and how you can get involved.
PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) is critical to the protection of healthcare workers, acting as a barrier and therefore controlling exposure to COVID-19. Some of the most fundamental items comprising PPE include gloves, goggles, surgical masks, respirators, protective gowns, and disinfectant. Many of these crucial PPE items are now in short supply due to interruptions in the supply chain, and also from the massive demand as the number of patients infected continues to grow exponentially.
Numerous medical devices are required to treat the COVID-19 patient and will also fall into short supply (e.g. ventilators). Shortages of necessary PPE and medical devices will continue to pose a significant problem for healthcare workers and patients around the globe. Anyone with production capabilities should carefully consider the manufacture of known designs and development of new designs for the following items:
Your response to this survey will be submitted the U.S. Department of Commerce through NIST-MEP for the purpose of connecting your company to entities responsible for procuring COVID-19 critical supply shortage materials. Your response will also be submitted the State of Tennessee COVID-19 Unified Command team as a Tennessee company interested in helping to address the shortages.
Multiple manufacturers and independent groups have made face shield templates available:
NIH 3D Print Exchange has a variety of respirator, face shield, and other 3D printed medical supply designs available.
HP released 3D printing designs for a sterilizable wrist cover device, which was created to cover exposed skin between a healthcare professional's glove and their lab coat sleeve. (Currently, healthcare providers are using double gloves to cover this space but due to the limited supply of gloves, this cover is a better alternative.)
HP published designs for two 3D printed door openers - one to be attached to a door handle, the other to be held in the user's hand as a personal opener, to limit the transfer of germs on door handles with frequent use.
A number of groups have published approaches for creating your own hand sanitizer, including: