Coventry based MTC joins partners to provide rapid turnaround on intubation shields to protect NHS healthcare professionals.
Engineers at the Coventry-based Manufacturing Technology Centre have developed a fast-make protective shield for front line NHS staff involved in the intubation procedure for COVID-19 patients needing to be linked up to ventilators.
The shields, developed in collaboration with medical experts and industrial partners Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Multimatic, with wider support from Innovate UK, have been developed from prototype to manufacture in less than a week.
The first batch of 1,000 units is currently being produced and the manufacturing supply chain will ramp up immediate capacity to at least 200 units a day to meet expected NHS demand.
MTC chief executive Dr Clive Hickman said, “The acrylic shields with access panels for medical staff are manufactured as complete units or can be produced as flat-pack self-assembly kits. The shield has undergone several design changes during its rapid development following trials in three hospitals and extended trials at a further seven hospitals. Feedback from medical professionals suggests that the shields can be used during the intubation and extubation processes, and may also be useful for other medical procedures beyond COVID-19 treatment.”
Neil Mantle, Rolls-Royce director, manufacturing technology, added, “The team has been working at full speed, motivated by the demand from anaesthetists and hospitals across the UK. We have transformed an important idea into manufacture in such a short space of time and I would like to thank all my colleagues.”
Aston Martin Lagonda president and group chief executive Andy Palmer said, “Times of crisis are also times of great innovation and we are delighted to be working with Multimatic and the MTC to produce the intubation shield for the intensive care staff.”