ALAMOSA — San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center benefitted last week from a very unique donation. Through a col- laborative project, they received a protective intubation hood that was designed and manufactured by some Denver area high school STEM students and teachers.
From the website SafeIntuba- tionBox.org, it is explained how these boxes are designed to pro- tect medical personnel from ex- posure to aerosolized COVID-19 during intubations. Intubation is a procedure of inserting a tube through the mouth and then into the airway. This process is done so that a patient can be placed on a ventilator to assist with breath- ing during anesthesia, sedation, or severe illness.
The group of technology and en- gineering teachers collaborated with students and other partners and used CAD design technology, 3D printing, laser engraving, and a CNC machine.