Badger Shield Negative Pressure Isolation Head Box

University of Wisconsin-Madison Makerspace

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Solution Overview & Benefits

This is a negative pressure isolation head box.

Also known as the Badger Box, this is a chamber that is placed around the hospitalized patient’s head to contain flashing droplets and airborne particles/viruses. The box also has four “hand holes”, through which medical personnel can access the patient’s face using pre-installed gloves, without having to remove the box from the patient’s head. The head box is designed as a single use, single patient item. The head box design and manufacturing guidance has been published as open source, freely available documentation, such that those in need can manufacture boxes themselves. The boxes are also available through the Makerspace.

History & Development

“This product design and specifications are being provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Surgery, Dr. Hau Le, the UW-Madison College of Engineering, in collaboration with Sector 67 as a free service to the community during this public health emergency. This product has not been cleared for medical use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The product should only be used during the declared COVID-19 public health emergency if FDA cleared or approved products are unavailable.”


Publicly available: Yes
Countries where available: The Badger Shield Negative Pressure Isolation Head Box is an open source, freely available design Price range: Free
Offered or can be licensed for local manufacture: Yes

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