The University of Central Florida’s (UCF’s) Limbitless Solutions is moving its focus from helping children to aiding in the fight against coronavirus.
The non-profit run by UCF has spent years building prosthetic arms and legs for the neediest, especially children. Now, Limbitless Solutions using its considerable power to build face shield components and is looking for ways for hospitals to collaborate more easily with other organizations.
To that end, the non-profit has published a new study as it tries to figure out how to keep the supply chain moving in the wake of COVID-19. One of the study’s key recommendations is for hospitals to develop partnerships with groups like Limbitless Solutions and for hospitals to make their own capacity.
“To accommodate future surges, hospitals and municipalities should develop capacity for short-run custom production, enabling them to validate new designs. This will rapidly increase access to vetted equipment and critical network sharing with community distributed manufacturers and partners,” the study notes.
Albert Manero, the CEO and co-founder of Limbitless Solutions, offered some insights on the study.
“We decided to share our analysis and recommendations in the manuscript because universities are part of their communities and uniquely positioned to be a part of solutions to global and local problems,” he said. “We learned a lot from our experience and see the potential to help local hospitals be ready for next time.”
Manero laid out the strengths and weaknesses of using 3D printers, like his organization already does, to make prosthetics before the pandemic. Now, his group is using 3D printers to create face shield equipment and ear savers which it will donate to Orlando Health, one of the region’s biggest hospital groups.
“We are really excited to be able to continue to support Orlando Health,” said Manero. “We want to thank their staff and doctors for their tireless efforts to protect and heal our community.”
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