Lyman-Morse and its specialized business divisions are helping local healthcare workers on the front line against COVID-19 by building personal protective equipment (PPE). Lyman-Morse Technologies is building and donating Intubation Aerosol Boxes, which will protect nurses while intubating Covid-19 patients. Lyman-Morse Fabrication is building a metal structure for a similar purpose. Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding is using its Raise 3D printer to fabricate frames for face shields. All of the equipment is being delivered to Lincoln Health Miles Hospital in Damariscotta.
“Lyman-Morse has built a worldwide reputation for its rapid prototyping skills and cutting-edge technology, and it is wonderful to be able to put those skills and tools to work for our local healthcare workers,” says Drew Lyman, president of Lyman-Morse.
The Intubation Box, an open source design originally devised by Dr. Hsien Yung Lai in Taiwan, works by sitting over the head and shoulders of a patient as they are intubated by a provider. After Lyman-Morse Special Projects Director Joshua Moore was alerted to the design, CNC Division Manager Rob McKay used Lyman-Morse’s Haas GR712 CNC router to produce the plexiglass box. The box acts as a protective shield between the patient and medical staff, thereby reducing the medical staff’s exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19). After each intubation, the box can be cleaned with a bleach, alcohol solution, or the Sani-Cloth wipes that most hospitals have on hand.
In addition to the intubation boxes, Lyman-Morse Fabrication manufactured a metal frame that can be placed over the patient’s head and shoulders and is then draped with protective plastic to form a similar barrier between the patient and the nurse. LMF Division Manager Jonathan Egan worked with Kevin Houghton, Manager of the Design Division at Lyman-Morse, to develop a simple design that could be easily and inexpensively implemented in hospital rooms.
The company is also using its Raise 3D printer to manufacture frames that hold face shields, an important aspect of healthcare workers’ protective gear. “It makes us feel good to know that we can do something helpful for our community at this time,” said Lyman. “We are not a mass producer, but as we are all learning, any measure to help can be important.”