Face Shields for Healthcare Providers

Elena Sotnikova

15 April 2020

Face Shields for Healthcare Providers

Our healthcare workers and first responders are in dire need of personal protective equipment (PPE).  As of April 15, 2020, over 100 requests for PPEs have been registered in the DMV area alone.  Using open-source designs and relying on donations and volunteers, we are manufacturing, assembling, coordinating and delivering face shields to healthcare workers in Maryland, DC and Virginia.

 

We are working in collaboration with local businesses with laser cutting technologies and volunteers who are dedicating time to manufacture, assemble, coordinate and deliver face shields to healthcare providers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why Face Shields?

  • Face shields actively slow down the spread of infection among frontline workers
  • They are inexpensive to produce in large quantities
  • They extend the shelf life of masks, keeping them usable for longer
  • They act as a shield against coughs and sneezes from close proximity work
  • They can be used without masks as a barrier of protection
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The Design

The Open Source Face Shield is a low cost, medical face shield designed to be quickly made using almost any flat material fabrication equipment (laser cutters, rule dies, drag knife, CNC punch, etc.), or even scissors and an office hole punch from any clear flexible material.  It requires no hardware or 3D printed parts, just two pieces of flexible clear plastic and an elastic band.

The Process

SPEAR’s role in this initiative is to determine and confirm the need, raise funds, source and supply materials to laser workshops, coordinate work of volunteers who assemble and drop off the shields, and organize delivery to healthcare organizations.

 

Given social distancing requirements, here’s what the process looks like:

  • We purchase the materials and ship them directly to the workshops.
  • The workshops cut out the parts and place them in a designated area for pick up.
  • The parts are delivered to volunteers to be assemble into face shields.
  • The face shields are collected from a designated area and delivered to healthcare organizations in Maryland, DC and Virginia.

Other Ways to Help

  • Volunteer to drive or assemble face shields
  • Donate material
  • Let us know if you have a direct relationship with suppliers of PPE materials that can provide materials at market cost
  • Request face shields for healthcare providers

To get in touch, please email us at team@spearproject.com with your contact information.

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