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Walk-in Protective Suit

The Project

Turning the issue of finding adequate protective gear on its head, this team came up with the solution of “isolating” the doctor from the virus only while inside a contaminated room. They are developing a “mobile protection room” from which doctors can safely treat patients without the need to don cumbersome protective gear or waste time getting in and out of bulky suits and masks.

The Team

Project Manager - Elon Shitrit

Ideation - Dr. Gil Levy.

Mechanical Developers - Elon Shitrit, Amit Besor,

Amit Nimni, Amit Mazor, Yonatan Hayun.

Logistics and Operations - Ilya Volvik.

Medical consulting team - Dr. Gili Levy, Dr. Elisha Gutstein, Dr. Danny Koplyowitz, Ricky Cohen, Dalit Whilhelm, Dr. Yanai zines.

Design consulting team - Oren Niv, Vered Sa-Maoz, Ilana Laner Carmeli, Taga team.

Start a serial process, Managing consultant - Lior Resnik Galon

The Challange

The challenge was to find a solution to the pervasive issue of not having enough or adequate protective gear for medical teams fighting the COVID-19 epidemic.

The Solution

The team adopted a novel solution to a widespread problem by opting to “isolate” the physician in a quick and easy manner. They came up with the idea of a "mobile protection room" from which doctors will be able to safely carry outpatient procedures. One distinct advantage of this approach is that the doctor can remain in his own clothing and be unencumbered by hefty protective gear.  It will also save medical teams time as donning protective gear can be time-consuming. Doctors will be able to enter and exit the space with ease through a portal on the ward.

Current status

An early prototype was created and a trial carried out at Asuta Ashdod Hospital. In order to refine the product and create a first version of the final product incorporating the lessons learned from testing, a few more days of work is required. Fortunately, the urgency for medical protective gear in Israel has recently declined therefore we have decided to freeze the project until such time as the need arises again (hoping such time will never come).

What’s Next

Should someone want to revive the project in the future, here is a list of the things that still need to be done:  

  1. Create a new entering system.

  2. Create protective gear from the final material.

  3. Change the “backpack” connections.

  4. Create the portal.

To carry the project to full fruition, the team that takes on this project will need to find a dedicated factory with all the capabilities to create this product. This will include plastic soldering capabilities and aluminum works.

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