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Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital medical staff using locally-made face shields

Cottage clinicians work to create face shields for staff
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Posted at 10:54 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 01:54:39-04

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital medical staff who are caring for Covid-19 patients are using locally-made face shields.

The hospital said Cottage clinicians worked with a coalition of local entities to create the shields, including a professor at UC Santa Barbara, Eric McFarland, MD, PhD, who is a former emergency department physician at Cottage Hospital; Matt Silva of Implantech; and local engineer and entrepreneur Ray Karam.

The powered air-purifying respirator, or PAPR, face shield is recommended to protect caregivers and meets safety standards. The PAPR has a fan in the helmet portion that pulls air from the room and runs it through a HEPA filter to remove more than 99 % of airborne pathogens, the hospital said in a statement.

Cottage Hospital staff has received 188 face shields to protect medical staff.

800 additional face shields are expected by April 20.