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Left to Right:  Roberta Bean, Chief Nursing Officer, SLVH RMC, Kent Allison, Technology & Engineering Teacher, Mountain Vista High School, & Cody Adelman, RN, SLVH RMC Emergency Department

San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center benefitted last week from a very unique donation. Through a collaborative project, they received a protective intubation hood that was designed and manufactured by some Denver area high school STEM students and teachers. From the website, it is explained how these boxes are designed to protect medical personnel from exposure to aerosolized COVID-19 during intubations. Intubations are procedures where doctors put patients on ventilators. 

Centura Health is one of the collaborating partners, helping the STEM group connect with rural hospitals and providing support for the materials so they can produce and deliver this equipment at no cost to the recipient hospitals. The group of technology and engineering teachers collaborated with students and other partners and used CAD design technology, 3D printing, laser engraving, and a CNC machine.