Why face shields?
COVID-19 patients have respiratory fluid discharge that results in coughing. The face shield is an additional barrier which reduces the risk of viral transmission via airborne droplets. It is recommended to use face shields together with Personal Protective Equipment!
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In 17 days, Shield48 has manufactured and delivered around 20,000 face shields to almost 400 customers in Latvia. The winners of the Latvian virtual HackForce hackathon, the
Latvian Minister of Defence Artis Pabriks visited the "Shield48" face shield production site to discuss the development of the project, contribution to the national defence against Covid-19
Latvian Development finance institution ALTUM has granted a 100,000 EUR loan to Shield48, which manufactures and supplies face shields to medical professionals during the COVID-19 health crisis.
What we do?
It all started when we identified that medical community is facing shortage of effective protection tools like face shields and supply chain couldn’t deliver effectively. We designed a model for production of face shields in Latvia. Today we’re aiming to build a decentralized network of partners who could provide face shields for those who are in need.
On 17-19 of March, HackForce hackathon was launched to tackle the COVID-19 crisis that has struck Europe unexpectedly.
Didzis Dejus, Jānis Jātnieks, Einārs Edžiņš, Sofija Jakobsone, Maruta Skudra-Rumba, Elvīra Krēķe, Fricis Pirtnieks, Renārs Leveika and PSKUS doctor Armands Buļs, mentor Mikk Mihkel Vaabel together with many others jumped aboard to solve problems in the supply chain of Personal Protective Equipment.
Shield48 was born!
The team Shield48 was greatly inspired by stories from around the globe, where in times of COVID-19 crisis people managed to produce and supply hospitals with various crucial supplies, which were in shortage.
By understanding urgency and the importance of effective measures against the spread of the virus, the team #Shield48 started to work on face shields. They had virtual and physical meetings with Paula Stradiņa Klīniskā universitāte (PSKUS) specialists, so the very first prototypes were made for testing. On the second day of the hackathon, the team presented its prototypes to Latvia’s leading epidemiologists led by Uga Dumpis. As a result – the best prototypes were accepted for further development. The face shield is not designed as a mask but is to be used additionally to already existing face masks and other protective gear, such as glasses, to ensure greater protection.
During the next hours, the team worked on the improvement of technical production of the shields. Many cooperations were created during this period of time where people and organisations with available CNC and laser technologies agreed to join and help in the production process. The technologies are located in cities where the biggest hospitals are located in Latvia – Liepāja, Ventspils, Rīga, Rēzekne, which makes the face shields more accessible to the regional hospitals, as well as ensure the convenience of the distribution of shields.
In only 48 hours and with the support from many amazing people worldwide the team Shield48 could establish a decentralized network of local face shield suppliers.
The team won 1st place and received a cash prize for further development of the project. Currently, we have already received requests for 16,000 face shields and the work after the hackathon only has just begun!
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