Berytech Fab Lab manufactures 15 aerosol boxes for Rafik Hariri University Hospital

The full solid block is made of three pieces that are glued and sealed to make one big box.
by Maysaa Ajjan

13 June 2020 | 16:32

Source: by Annahar

  • by Maysaa Ajjan
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 13 June 2020 | 16:32

Wael Khalil, coordinator of Berytech Fab Lab, stands in the middle of two workers from Rafik Hariri University. (Berytech).

As part of their HealthTech Solutions Initiative, the Berytech Fab Lab manufactured 15 aerosol boxes that were delivered for use by the medical personnel at the Rafic Hariri University Hospital, as part of the HealthTech Solutions Initiative.

What are aerosol boxes used for?

An aerosol containment box or intubation box reduces medical staff exposure to virus-containing aerosols when they are performing tracheal intubations on patients.

Intubation is frequently performed on critically ill COVID-19 patients to facilitate ventilation of the lungs. During intubation, patients often cough, spraying sputum and putting front-line medical workers at significant risk of infection. The design of the aerosol box was tested and improved with the medical team from Rafic Hariri University Hospital. The hospital received 15 boxes produced and assembled compliments of Berytech.

The final design of the aerosol box. (Berytech).

“A series of iterations for the design of the aerosol box were done in collaboration with medical professionals and doctors from the Rafic Hariri University Hospital,” Wael Khalil, Berytech Fab Lab, coordinator explains. “We designed and produced three different prototypes that were tested by the hospital professionals on real cases and we received their feedback, which helped us reach the final best design. The boxes were designed and produced in the Fab Lab to reach the best dimensions and specifications.”

The final design also has two versions. The full solid block is made of three pieces that are glued and sealed to make one big box. The top part is made of one full piece that is bent to dimension, creating easy-to-clean corners. As for the flatpack version, it is made from six pieces that are assembled to produce one full solid block. It can easily be disassembled for cleaning and storage.

Berytech launched the HealthTech Solutions Initiative when COVID-19 began spreading, welcoming anyone and any team working on a health technology solution that could respond to the Coronavirus crisis and the emergency medical needs for Lebanon.

The Aerosol Box designs have been made available for free by Berytech for all to use in the following link: https://berytech.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Aerosol-Box-Parametric-Design-Bent-3-parts-V2.2-Drawings.pdf

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