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Reusable protective face shields

OHP films fitted with hairbands are disposed as land fill daily and we replaced them with unbreakable reusable sterilisable face shield

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These shields are bent to retain rigidity and complete closure of the face. This also stress relives the Polycarbonate sheet, enabling it to hold more shape than the circular inserted design. We avoid the plastic frame in the front, instead the sheet is bent to rigid shape. We have added a cushion to support and comfort the forehead and a very thin elastic band, so that the doctors don't feel the pain behind.

What is the need are you focusing on?

We wanted to stop disposal of plastic waste daily in crores of OHP films across the globe, hence we made this reusable, sterilisable, unbreakable face shields

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing an actual pivot your organization has already made

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Already 300 shields were given to the Central Government's Railway Hospital in Perambur, Chennai

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Stopping the disposal of film face shields landing up a land fill. Consumption of plastics reduced. Economical for the doctors and the government as our shields are reusable.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Cureall Medicare (OPC) Private Limited

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

We have innovated disposable feeders for foster parents, insitu oxygen generator without electricity, female contraceptive, now this reusable face shields

What is your profession?

Director. I am a manufacturing guy who had done my PG in Plastics and have been involved in designing, prototyping and scaling up of manufacturing

Where are you located (country)?

India

Where are you located (region)?

  • Southern Asia

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Business/Consulting
  • Entrepreneur/Investor
  • Engineering/Architecture
  • Healthcare/Medical
  • Self Employed
  • Sciences/Scientist
  • Social Work

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 11-49

How old is your business/company?

  • 5-10 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Social Enterprise

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

Anybody who can do marketing of our products in any other country, welcome

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

International trade duties and delay in freights due to clamp down

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

Timing is important

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

Yes

Website URL

www.watsan.in and www.cureall.in

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Great to have you on the challenge Chandrasekaran Jayaraman  and it is amazing that you are thinking about preventing plastic waste disposal.

What are the synergies between your idea and this other idea on Sterilisable, reusable face shield for medicos ?

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See the existing face shields are made up of OHP films, which are used and thrown daily. They are just 0.135 to max 0.3 mm thick films. They just bend and forma crease, not making it clear to the visibility of the doctors. Also, they say the portion where the film is thrust into the circular ring is ok but at the bottom end the film is wide open. This poses dangers. Also the head band has hard plastics. This was hurting and making a permanent mark on the forehead of the doctor. Ours is rigid trapezoid- aly shaped giving clear straight faced transparent rigid sheet of 1.3 mm thick as an alternative with foam cushioned against forehead and the doctors loved it. We have given 300 plus within 3 days from the date of launch. The idea is to stop them throwing away those film based face shields as a plastic dump. Her in Chennai, India already 4 major government hospitals have dumped close to a tonne worth films as waste. They may not be sterilised before disposal and that may pose a larger challenge. This shield of ours can be just cleaned and washed with hot water or soap water, sterilised in oven or E.O and can be worn again. So this shield becomes a personalised product, not a disposal, thus sving films dumped and plastic-biological-medical waste accumulating posing more danger.