Indiana CTSI and partners making medical supplies to address COVID-19 shortages
Indiana hospitals and other organizations on the front lines of the war against COVID-19 are under a significant burden and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is working to do its part to support their efforts. The goal is to help alleviate the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) by developing designs and mobilizing 3D printers for rapid manufacturing at partner universities: Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame. As part of this effort, the Indiana CTSI is also partnering with other universities and the local campuses of Ivy Tech Community College.
The teams are currently focused on optimizing and printing medical face shields and have already started printing PPE for distribution. As production ramps up, the coordinating teams plan to work with hospitals and other organizations to understand their individual needs.
Our teams are currently developing designs for face shields, N95 masks, ventilator parts, test swabs and comfort mask straps.
If your organization would like to get 3D-printed PPE
It is requested that all institutions needing supplies first visit EMResource, the Indiana State Department of Health’s new coordination system, to track COVID-19 supply availability. If an organization needs face shields and is interested in securing a shipment through this coordinated effort, there is a survey to fill out here to outline your current and projected needs.
While the shields will not be sterile, they will be clean, as the only human contact would be from the person removing the piece from the 3D printer. The coordinated effort is expected to be able to produce several thousand face shields each week, spread across the various printing locations.
Get involved in the 3D printing efforts
If your lab or organization would like to become involved in this effort, please send a message to email@example.com.
The organizations currently involved in this collaboration include the following teams, led by the person listed:
|Indianapolis||IU Health||Brian Overshiner|
|Indianapolis||IU School of Medicine||Lester Smith|
|Indianapolis||IU School of Medicine||Cassandra Jones|
|Indianapolis||Ivy Tech Community College||Garrett Schneider|
|Bloomington||Indiana University||Christian McKay|
|Bloomington||Indiana University||Alexander Gumennik|
|Bloomington||Indiana University||Andy Webb|
|Bloomington||Ivy Tech Community College||April Bledsoe|
|Fort Wayne||Ivy Tech Community College||Richard Washburn|
|Lafayette||Ivy Tech Community College||Josh Nelson|
|Lafayette||Purdue University||Nathan Hartman|
|Evansville||University of Southern Indiana||Art Chlebowski|
|Evansville||Ivy Tech Community College||Donna Zimmerman|
|South Bend||University of Notre Dame||Matt Leevy|
|South Bend||Ivy Tech Community College||James Freygang|
|Kokomo||Ivy Tech Community College||Tony Tony|
|Lawrenceburg||Ivy Tech Community College||George Batta|
|Muncie||Ivy Tech Community College||Jeremy Brown|
|Sellersburg||Ivy Tech Community College||David Edward|
|Terre Haute||Ivy Tech Community College||Molly Joseph|
|Valparaiso||Ivy Tech Community College||Jason Gordon|