May 15, 2020

3D technologies of RUSNANO nanocentres are in-demand for combating coronavirus / Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs

Two nanocentres of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs of the RUSNANO Group of Companies provided 1650 more face shields with 3D printed components to the medical institutions assigned to COVID-19 treatment. The possibility to immediately arrange production of the essential consumables makes the health professionals interested in additive technologies as a whole.

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North-West Technology Transfer Centre (NWTTC) delivered 1000 shields to the Association of the Nursing Care Professionals, Regional Social Organization of Leningrad Region, to be distributed among 34 healthcare and disease prevention institutions of Leningrad Region that have placed their requests. “The batch of the face shields received from North-West Technology Transfer Center will be distributed between the medical institutions located in different parts of Leningrad Region with the greatest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 patients. These include Priozerskaya, Sertolovskaya, Tikhvinskaya, Toksovskaya interdistrict hospitals, Vsevolozhskaya Interdistrict Hospital and Leningrad Regional Clinical Oncology Centre,” commented Tatiana Glazkova, President of the Association.

The TechnoSpark Group of Companies delivered 650 face shields to the major COVID centres of Moscow: Filatov Municipal Clinical Hospital No.15, Pavlovskaya Hospital (MCH No.4) and Pirogov National Medical and Surgical Centre.

“These days, when our doctors have to work in the epidemic conditions, when their workload increased multifold and when every specialist counts, we are grateful for the additional personal protective equipment provided,” said Georgy Melkonyan, Head Physician of Pavlovskaya Hospital, the second-largest medical institution of Moscow assigned to COVID-19 patients. “In today’s epidemic, medicine finds itself in a special need for 3D printed items. This technology can be used to immediately produce the required personal protective equipment for the personnel or to implement the latest security protocols. The reusable 3D-printed face shields donated by TechnoSpark will provide strong protection to our doctors.”

The main functional parts of the visors are 3D printed. The production was quickly deployed in April this year by the nanocentres of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, the TechnoSpark Group of Companies and NWTTC. At the moment their capacities are enough to produce 30 thousand face shields per month.

In the last two weeks, TechnoSpark and NWTTC have produced almost 4 thousand protective face shields, which mitigate the COVID-19 infection risk, and donated them to the doctors of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region. According to Daniil Kovalchuk, CEO of the North-West Technology Transfer Center, the face shield production is a social initiative of NWTTC intended to assist the medical institutions in the struggle against the spreading coronavirus epidemic.

The 3D printed parts ensure durability of the structure, comfortable fit on the head, precise size regulation and reduced weight compared to similar products. Made of strong plastic, the face shields are reusable and easy to disinfect. The face shields protect the eyes, respiratory tract and skin from direct exposure to small particles and viruses, prevent incidental touching of the face. This is an efficient protection against infectious diseases including coronavirus.

The shields ensure efficient protection of doctors and representatives of other contact professions, such as shop assistants and front-office operators working with customers, couriers, or clerks of the utility service provider companies.

Within the framework of charity campaigns, the face shields are provided to the doctors for free. Individuals and other companies interested in enhancing the safety of their employees can order the shields on protectface.ru.

Source: Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs of RUSNANO.

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