SplashGuard CG (Pare-Partoux)
Protection of healthcare professionals from aerosolized viral particles
- Philippe Jouvet
CHU Sainte-Justine and Université de Montréal
- Carl-Éric Aubin
Polytechnique Montréal and CHU Sainte-Justine
When treating patients with COVID-19, medical procedures such as non-invasive ventilation contribute to the risk of contamination and infection of healthcare professionals by aerosols – tiny airborne particles that can contain pathogens, such as viruses. Protecting the medical personnel from potential viral particles exhaled by COVID-19 patients, especially when they are in intensive care, is a major issue. The solution of a feature-rich enclosure suitable for most critical care, emergency room and operating room procedures has addressed these challenges.
“An unprecedented mobilization around this problem allowed us to design and build a prototype, test it in a simulation lab, implement it in our ICU in record time, and make it available to the hospital community. TransMedTech played a key role in this success!”
Dr. Philippe Jouvet
In the winter of 2020, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in many challenges that frontline staff and the healthcare system had to face. The TransMedTech Institute launched a “Call for Solutions” on March 16, 2020, to support the most relevant applications and solutions that are feasible in the short term (less than 6 months), while providing coaching and funding for their implementation.
The TransMedTech Institute has accompanied some 20 initiatives, acting as an “intermediary”. From the moment the needs were expressed, TransMedTech was very active in supporting the interdisciplinary teams in the realization of innovative solutions with the various stakeholders. The projects ranged from solutions for the protection of health care workers to the development of medical technologies for the prevention, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of diseases, as well as the analysis of data related to population conditions.