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University Hospitals using Case Western-built devices to help fight coronavirus

The Cleveland Intubation Box is an open-source device that helps protect medical workers during the procedure.

CLEVELAND — University Hospitals health system and Case Western Reserve University have been partnering a lot during the coronavius crisis. 

Last month, The Cleveland Clinic opened an overflow treatment facility in a Case Western Health Education Campus building. Now, CWRU is helping UH front line workers with devices made at their Sears think[box].

The latest are the "Cleveland Intubation Box" that protects workers during the intubation process, and face shields for ophthalmologists.

“Every idea that we’ve worked on at think[box], including these two with University Hospitals, has been focused on protecting people in the healthcare field who need it the most—and need it quickly,” Ian Charnas, think[box] director of technology and innovation said in a press release. Charnas said that engineers are still working on more projects to help coronavirus front line workers.

Credit: Case Western Reserve University
The "Cleveland Intubation Box" developed in Case Western Reserve University's Sears think[box] is being used to protect clinicians at University Hospital.

The design for the intubation box has also been made open-source, meaning anyone can download it for free here.

“The whole think[box] team knew this was our opportunity to help people on the front lines,” said think[box] engineer Manny Bansal. “Our main goal was to get these projects done quickly and in the hands of the doctors and nurses and others who need them."

Credit: Case Western Reserve University

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