COVID-19: UTHM Create an Intubation Box, an Infection Prevention Tool to Fight COVID-19 Outbreak

BACKGROUND: After successfully producing face masks, researchers from the University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) have created an ‘Intubation Box’ for medical personnel to deal with COVID-19 patients.

The UTHM Technical Solutions team comprised of 10 researchers for social responsibility and concern as the country faced the COVID-19 pandemic.

Head of the Intubation Box Project, Dr Wan Saiful-Islam Wan Salim said the COVID-19 patient intubation process required medical staff to be close to the patient and expose the staff to the risk of infection.

“Realizing the challenge, the team proposes a solution to the hospital by producing an Intubation Box to help medical personnel protect against splashing water from patients such as saliva, cough and sneezes that can increase the risk of infection.

“The Intubation Box is designed using ‘solid work’ and is manufactured using laser cutting machines that take a day to complete.

“The main advantage of this box is its ability to protect personnel from the risk of infection and at the same time easy to operate and clean,” he said.

The UTHM research team created an 'Intubation Box' for medical personnel to deal with when dealing with COVID-19 patients. - Courtesy of UTHM
The UTHM research team created an ‘Intubation Box’ for medical personnel to deal with when dealing with COVID-19 patients. – Courtesy of UTHM
The Intubation Box is designed using 'solidwork' and is manufactured using laser cutting machines that take a day to complete. - Courtesy of UTHM
The Intubation Box is designed using ‘solid work’ and is manufactured using laser cutting machines that take a day to complete. – Courtesy of UTHM

Several team members had already met with the Enche ‘Hajjah Khalsom General Hospital (HEBHK) in Kluang on March 30, carrying a unit of prototype Intubation Box.

“During the meeting, the prototype was carefully tested by the hospital and the team involved. It has received positive feedback on the process of improvement that will be developed in the near future.

“The production of this fast solution will be made possible by the way the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) prototype is provided to the hospital for feedback, although the innovation process has to be repeated over and over again,” he said.

He said the team was always ready to provide their expert services and ideas to fulfill their mission in helping healthcare workers deal with the outbreak.

Source: https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/pendidikan/2020/03/671507/covid-19-cipta-kotak-intubasi-alat-elak-risiko-jangkitan

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