What's the problem?
There is reason to believe that the number of viruses in the initial exposure(s) influences the severity of the disease. This is the case for influenza, SARS and MERS (1). This is also a comforting explanation for the death of so many young and healthy healthcare workers.
Research has identified intubation and extubation as procedures that produce large amounts of virus containing aerosol particles (2). Even within a negative pressure room these can remain in the air for 20 minutes.
In an effort to mitigate this risk, a Taiwanese doctor came up with an intubation box. This box is placed over the patient before a procedure and removed after the procedure to reduce the exposure of healthcare workers.
These boxes are slow to make and may be hard to sterilize due to the small voids left after solvent welding plastic panels together.
We are investigating alternate manufacturing methods. Clear foldable plastic can be stamped as fast as pizza boxes are made. We are working with one of the largest manufactures of clear plastic packaging in North America. They are donating engineering design time, raw material and machine time.
The ask: we need your feedback.
Even though the original box has been replicated many times, we have no usabiility information! If the arm holes are poorly places if the top is to low and interferes with the procedure or if the top is to high and the doctor doesn't have an unobstructed view of the patient's chest, precious seconds and maybe lives will be lost! We need to be able to speak to healthcare workers who have used these boxes to vet our designs. Please reach out to us if you have any experience with these boxes.