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A protective respirator created by a Duke University medical and engineering task force is now being used by Duke Health doctors as they treat patients with suspected cases of COVID-19.

“The whole nation is undergoing a PPE (personal protective equipment) shortage, and our goal is to take care of our patients, take care of our communities and also take care of our health care workers,” Erickson said. “And what we started realizing is, there is a limited number of PAPRs.”

“So if there’s national shortages on PPE and PAPRs, maybe we can use things that we have plenty of in the hospital and do modifications to be able to increase the number of protective personal equipment that we have to provide for health care workers,” Richardson said.

The design is available for others to 3D print their own modified PAPRs. For specific details, visit https://olv.duke.edu/covid-19/technologies-and-startups/#surgical-hoods.

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