Researchers and engineers from the Institute of Technology Sligo are using their knowledge, expertise and facilities to assist in the current fight against COVID-19. The institute’s response was immediate when a call came from Sligo University Hospital (SUH) to provide assistance.
As an initial response the Institute set to work collecting PPE from across the various departments for delivery to frontline staff in SUH. A team from within the School of Engineering and Design and PEM Technology Gateway used 3D printed technology to design and produce essential face shields as well as working on a prototype emergency ventilator which is now close to production stage. The team hope to share the design with other Technology Gateways to benefit others around the country. SUH are currently also in need of sterilisation units and CPAP masks, these are being worked on at the moment.
With the current worldwide shortage of certain elements of the COVID-19 test. The institute set to work sourcing several components required, with the result being that two key elements of the test are now created onsite.
The efforts of IT Sligo staff engaged in the fight against COVID-19 was recently featured on the RTE Six One News, you can view the segment here.
Update:The PPE face shield production line is now fully operational with shifts manned by volunteers from across the Institute. Supplying front line staff in the HSE, Ambulance Service and An Garda Síochána in the North West
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