Stem students create and donate intubation hood to SLV Health

(Courtesy photo of SLV). From Left, Roberta Bean, Chief Nursing Officer, SLVH RMC, Kent Allison, Technology & Engineering Teacher, Mountain Vista High School, & Cody Adelman, RN, SLVH RMC Emergency Department.

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.

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