The Coronavirus Disease 2019, Covid-19, outbreak has battered the world’s economies, instilled widespread fear and caused change in public and company policy to protect individuals from exposure to a highly infectious disease. Personal protective equipment (PPE) runs scarce due to a spike in Covid-19 related illnesses and hospitalizations, which leaves frontline healthcare professionals to risk the lives of their patients, their families and themselves by reusing single-use PPE.
With the creative innovation of 3D LifePrints, a medical 3D printing and technology organization based in the UK, in conjunction with the Biomechanics Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the “Distancer” is an assistive piece of personal protective equipment that can reduce the risk of contamination while moving through buildings.
The “Distancer” is a reusable PPE device that assists in opening and closing doors, utilizing elevator buttons and water cooler levers, carrying bags, safe use of safety railings and hold your ID all while reducing your risk of contact transmission with heavily hand-trafficked surfaces. The device is lightweight, compact and easy to use all while being able to be cleansed and sanitized with common surfactants/detergents.
The “Distancer” is perfect for healthcare facility personnel in the midst of and post pandemic society to reduce contact with any fomites on highly trafficked surfaces. 3D LifePrints demonstrates the effectiveness and utility of the Distancer found at the following link. The Distancer can be ordered at the link provided for £4 per unit with a minimum purchase of 10 units. With a world full of fomite hotpoints, a reusable personal protective equipment device that limits interactions with commonly touched surfaces is an essential tool to reduce risk for individuals, especially medical personnel and their patients.