Information updated: April 13th 2020
The face shield is intended to protect the user from splashes and be worn with surgical mask or respirator to provides liquid barrier protection for medical use.
The single-piece medical face shield design comes flat and can be assembled into a 3-dimensional face shield. The shields are fabricated using die cutting, which enables them to be produces at a rate of over 2.5 million per week. They can be assembled in less than one minute per shield, on-site, by aides or other staff, and then staged at locations for pick up within hospitals. Nurses and physicians may also assemble them in real-time if needed.
The face shields were designed to be disposable, but it is possible to wipe them down to sterilize due to the flat design.
Professor Martin Culpepper and his team at Project Manus spearheaded the development of the technique in collaboration with a number of partners from MIT, local-area hospitals, and industry. The team has been working closely with the MIT Medical Outreach team and the Crisis Management Unit established by Vice President for Research Maria Zuber and directed by Elazer R. Edelman, the Edward J. Poitras Professor in Medical Engineering and Science at MIT.
"MIT is providing the design at no cost and our intention is that vendors do not price gouge hospitals during this emergency. To obtain price and delivery information, please following the ordering process below."
Team Disclaimer: *FDA – Emergency Use Authorization Disclaimer:
Publicly available: Yes
Countries where available: USA - Professional die cutters can contact about manufacturing license in other countries.
Price range: Contact supplier for quote
Offered or can be licensed for local manufacture: Yes
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