University of Delaware helping local hospitals
DELAWARE – The University of Delaware delivered hundreds of face shields to area hospitals Wednesday. Some of those hospitals include Bayhealth, Beebe Healthcare, and Nanticoke Hospital. The face shield giveaway is part of an ongoing effort by the university to provide people on the front lines with personal protective equipment.
Leaders at the university’s MakerGym tell 47ABC they designed and built the masks before delivering them. They say their goal is to provide new protections and preserve equipment already being used. “The N95 filtering masks were the ones that were in short supply. So, the shields evolved as a way to protect them proactively and extend the life of those N95 masks, and the shields were something that weren’t readily available,” said MakerGym operations manager Brooks Twilley.
Twilley says that the shields were worked on by a large network of designers and builders. Twilley says he and his partners have hundreds more shields to give away. The University of Delaware is working with other groups to provide them the shield design so they can be given out in other areas.