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Strengthen Health Care Capacities

How might we enhance the protective equipment, care setting and tools used in the field to empower and protect healthcare workers?

How might we enhance the protective equipment, care setting and tools used in the field to empower and protect healthcare workers? What organizations or techniques already exist that might be useful in addressing this challenge? Let's think of ways to maximize health care capacity, keeping in mind:
 
  • Protective equipment (PPE): How might we develop, test, and scale entirely novel or modifications to current protective equipment to address heat stress, effectiveness, rapid donning and removal, and comfort (size, weight, etc.) for healthcare workers? For more information on PPE, please click here.
     
  • Care setting: How might we develop approaches to enhance the care environment physically and procedurally? How might we address issues relating to heat stress, comfort and healthcare worker and patient safety?
     
  • Healthcare worker tools: How might we rapidly develop and scale tools that improve the delivery of care to patients (e.g. rapid diagnostics or more efficient ways of moving samples and communicating results back to health care workers quickly)?

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This innovation involves using a one piece jumpsuit PPE and creating a stand for removal of PPE. This ensures PPE removal without touching the contaminated part of the suit.

1. One piece eye guard and face mask: prevents head and neck exposure, no

This innovation involves using a one piece jumpsuit PPE and creating a stand for removal of PPE. This ensures PPE removal without touching the contaminated part of the suit. 1. One piece eye guard and face mask: prevents head and neck exposure, no

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Ebola Health Action Team (EHAT) is an innovation focussed on strengthening human resource capacity in Ebola stricken areas and by providing healthcare workers (HCWs) training, certification, community empowerment and by means of providing the HCWs t

Ebola Health Action Team (EHAT) is an innovation focussed on strengthening human resource capacity in Ebola stricken areas and by providing healthcare workers (HCWs) training, certification, community empowerment and by means of providing the HCWs t

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Through my research, and analysis, I have identified to large problem areas which (I hypothesize) could be impacted tremendously with proper execution and design thought.

Through my research, and analysis, I have identified to large problem areas which (I hypothesize) could be impacted tremendously with proper execution and design thought.

Photo of Max Kessler
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Research on Microclimate Cooling in protective clothing is not a new topic. Yet we are not able to provide cooling to the health care workers. In this research contribution I try to give some information on where the problems are.

Research on Microclimate Cooling in protective clothing is not a new topic. Yet we are not able to provide cooling to the health care workers. In this research contribution I try to give some information on where the problems are.

Photo of Rainer Winkler
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Have tried to get system to download the video-but you can see it on YOUTUBE- http://youtu.be/YYHFmbHbogk- Its shows just some basic modifications to current PPE design to allow a provider to don and remove PPE safely and very quickly, and not usi

Have tried to get system to download the video-but you can see it on YOUTUBE- http://youtu.be/YYHFmbHbogk- Its shows just some basic modifications to current PPE design to allow a provider to don and remove PPE safely and very quickly, and not usi

Photo of William Rasmussen
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Reducing the current 3-piece headgear combination of face mask, visor/goggles, and hood to one integrated hood design.
Design ideas:
- full transparent visor, improving visibility for the health care worker, and rapport with the patient
- lightwei

Reducing the current 3-piece headgear combination of face mask, visor/goggles, and hood to one integrated hood design. Design ideas: - full transparent visor, improving visibility for the health care worker, and rapport with the patient - lightwei

Photo of Patrik D'haeseleer
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Idea is a disposable ( paper?) over-layer that you can take off with a wall mounted hook (no human contact when removing it). This would be in addition to standard PPE reducing the likelihood that people come in contact with virus when they use the s

Idea is a disposable ( paper?) over-layer that you can take off with a wall mounted hook (no human contact when removing it). This would be in addition to standard PPE reducing the likelihood that people come in contact with virus when they use the s

Photo of Alison Paprica
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In this Ebola crisis, academic institutions led by their global health institutes should: 
1) Allow every health professional committed to go to West Africa the opportunity to train at the CDC course prior to departure. 
2) Cover salary and continu

In this Ebola crisis, academic institutions led by their global health institutes should: 1) Allow every health professional committed to go to West Africa the opportunity to train at the CDC course prior to departure. 2) Cover salary and continu

Photo of Shiyi Zhang
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Hstar Technologies is leading the development of a new category of clinical systems, the Robotic Nursing Assistant (RoNA), to strengthen and transform the nurse’s leading role as protector and driver of quality patient lift.   
	
Hstar would like t

Hstar Technologies is leading the development of a new category of clinical systems, the Robotic Nursing Assistant (RoNA), to strengthen and transform the nurse’s leading role as protector and driver of quality patient lift. Hstar would like t

Photo of Yi-Je Lim
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A robotic, open medical device sensor and activator platform should be deployed to afflicted areas. Technology can be developed to interface new sensor and actuators. This technology should meet a single interoperability specification. This reduces t

A robotic, open medical device sensor and activator platform should be deployed to afflicted areas. Technology can be developed to interface new sensor and actuators. This technology should meet a single interoperability specification. This reduces t

Photo of Diana Lu
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Since 2007 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has replaced some uses of the usual alkaline (pH >11), water-diluted bleach by dilute “amended” or “pH-adjusted” bleach, acidified to near-neutralilty (pH ~7) with white vinegar. As a sporicidal dis

Since 2007 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has replaced some uses of the usual alkaline (pH >11), water-diluted bleach by dilute “amended” or “pH-adjusted” bleach, acidified to near-neutralilty (pH ~7) with white vinegar. As a sporicidal dis

Photo of Edward (E. Barry) Skolnick, M.S.
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Fighting Ebola is challenged by the short time health care workers can endure inside hazmat suits. 3 ways to ventilate them: A fan in the back of the suit flooding it with fresh air through an appropriate filter will cool the worker. The fan can b

Fighting Ebola is challenged by the short time health care workers can endure inside hazmat suits. 3 ways to ventilate them: A fan in the back of the suit flooding it with fresh air through an appropriate filter will cool the worker. The fan can b

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