Berlin, 17 April 2020
Call-for-help: care & emergency care provider requests 3d-printed protective face shields
The ongoing global pandemic has led to supply shortages in many places. All those who are fighting on the frontline with the Corona virus are often poorly protected and are exposed every day to a key factor in severe disease progression, the virus dose, until long-ordered protective equipment is finally available.
In one of the last virtual meetings of the MGA initiative 3D Printing fights Corona, the severe supply bottlenecks were also highlighted by the rescue service and disaster control of Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. There is an urgent need for protective equipment for their more than 23,000 full-time staff and around 40,000 volunteers. The most pressing need concerns 5,000 protective face shields, which are applied during in-house trainings to protect all those who provide care every day and to adequately prepare them for the special circumstances of service.
As a result, MGA has now released a call-for-help to all printer manufacturers, 3D printing service providers and makerspaces seeking their support. The Johanniter Unfall-Hilfe e. V. is operating in almost 300 regional, district and local bodies throughout Germany and hence an integral part of the national healthcare system. Anyone willing and able to donate can find details and instructions on medicalgoesadditive.org.
MGA’s initiative 3D Printing fights Corona is a virtual format, where experts from hospitals and the 3d printing industry report on current developments, specify acute requirements and demonstrate ways forward with the help of 3d printing, also called Additive Manufacturing. Moreover, MGA installed the website medicalgoesadditive.org dedicated to the current pandemic containing use cases, FAQs, helpful links and newsroom.
MGA is also part of a joint initiative in cooperation with Airbus, Volkswagen and DB Schenker which lately delived 2,000 donated face shields to Spain.