Engineers from BAE’s submarines business have developed new Personal Protective Equipment for NHS staff on Covid-19 wards.
The firm say that in just 11 months the project has gone from concept to the hood gaining Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approval for use during the pandemic.
“Together with Lancastle, we have designed the hood free of charge, with the hoods being rolled out to hospital wards in Lancashire and South Cumbria over the next few weeks. Developed to replace current PPE hoods, which were created for an industrial rather than a clinical environment, the Morecambe Bay Hood is less expensive, is fully cleanable, reusable and offers greater protection and comfort to healthcare workers as the hood is suitable for all face shapes and sizes.
The design – a full-face protective hood delivering a continuous stream of clean filtered air – significantly reduces ‘fogging’ and aids improved communication and empathy between healthcare staff and patients because facial expressions can be seen more clearly and lip-reading is easier.”
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Stuart Hosking-Durn, Head of Resilience and Patient Flow for UHMBT, was quoted as saying:
“The dedication of our frontline workers has been instrumental in fighting COVID-19, but the Morecambe Bay Hood will be an absolute game-changer for us as we continue to care for patients, significantly improving comfort, durability and communication. It’s a UK success story, with our thriving tech sector supporting our frontline workers as they help our country to emerge from the pandemic. The hoods could be rolled out more widely across the UK and could enable the NHS to treat patients with infectious diseases more safely.”