The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is assisting with the response to COVID-19 by manufacturing over 200 items of personal protective equipment (PPE) and vital machine parts for staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, and other ambulance, physiotherapy and care home staff.
So far, UCLan has donated over 100 visors to these workers, which have been made using a water jet cutter in the University’s Wharf Building engineering workshops. Using the cutter, the team has been able to make 10 aluminium-framed visors in just 14 minutes, allowing them to make 40 times the number of face visors than they would with a 3D printer. The material also means the visors can be more easily adjusted and disinfected if required.
The University team has also designed and 3D printed modifications to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, helping to prevent contamination of hospital wards from the exhaled air of COVID-19 patients. With 160 of these nozzles, Blackpool Victoria Hospital are now able to offer 50 more CPAP machines to COVID-19 patients.
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