An opportunity to minimise risk of exposure to COVID-19 for frontline NHS staff involved in both the intubation and extubation processes has been identified by senior NHS practitioners.

This has been through a collaboration between MTC (AREA member), Rolls Royce and Innovate UK.

Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) engineers, working in collaboration with expert medical consultant practitioners, Rolls-Royce, and supported by Innovate UK, have over the last week prototyped, developed and seen operational a fast make Intubation Shield for use with Ventilators. Wider applications for the shield have also been identified, further aiding the safety of front-line medical staff.

It is anticipated that the NHS may need several thousand of these shields, with the MTC set to manufacture the first batch of up to a thousand units. MTC is currently mobilising resources to ramp up immediate capacity to upwards of two hundred units a day, which can be quickly scaled up across multiple supply chains in order to meet higher demands.

Read the full story here on MTC’s website

Read MTC’s AREA member profile

An update to this same story appears on the MTC website on 14 April 2020. 

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