One of the biggest challenges in curbing the spread of this virus is that it is communicable in contact and droplets, but during certain manipulation of the airway (or airway procedures), the virus can be aerosolized, which increases risk of exposure to the health care workers.
The Virabox provides with its innovative design and engineering additional protection between medical staff and patient when performing aerosolized procedures (like endotracheal intubations, bronchoscopies, etc) in a patient with known or suspected COVID-19.
Dr. Chug recognized the need for better protective equipment when he started a rotation in intensive care in March 2020 and faced the challenge of providing specialized care in an environment where preventing exposure to the coronavirus was a matter of life and death for compromised patients and potentially for frontline healthcare providers.
As Dr. Chug began sketching a design for PPE that would restrict exposure while allowing safe execution of medical procedures, he discovered a box-like structure created by Dr. Hsien Yung Lai in Taiwan. Though the concept was similar, this type of box would not be adequate for Dr. Chug’s purpose. He needed more functionality, including the ability to accommodate different sized people and permit easy access to the patient to allow the dexterity required for precise medical procedures. In the span of a week, Chug developed a design that could tick all the boxes, but he needed engineering assistance. Luis Mario Rodriguez, a mechanical engineer at TVO, brought the preliminary design to the company and worked with the engineering team to develop the ViraBox, a large, plastic enclosure that covers the upper part of a patient while allowing medical personnel to use sealed access holes to provide care.
DISCLAIMER: The proprietary medical equipment contained herein (“Equipment”) is intended solely for use to limit exposure to infection; the Equipment is for use in intubation procedures and/or other medical procedures. It is a four-sided plexiglass box or shield to protect medical personnel involved in care, intubation and related procedures.
There is no guarantee or warranty that the Equipment will perform as intended, or will be effective to limit exposure or spread of infection. NO WARRANTY IS MADE WITH THIS EQUIPMENT, AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY AND WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR PURPOSE, ARE DISCLAIMED.
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