Indiana: Protective Shield Developed For First Responders Facing COVID-19 Cases

  • Source: WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago
  • Published: 04/03/2020 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Protecting first responders has never been more important. Now a local business has developed a simple safety solution. CBS 2’s Steven Graves takes a look at how it works. Like most operations around the country, the one at Crown Point, Indiana Fire and Rescue has shifted. “Our thought process is that everybody is a potential patient with COVID-19. That’s just how we have to treat it right now,” said assistant fire chief Mark Baumgardner. “Even though we have the proper PPE on, it still puts us at a much higher risk to get contaminated.” This week, they started using this isolation box, similar to ones used in emergency rooms, but strapped to a stretcher. “We can not only protect our people, but still provide the advance care we need to give to our patients,” Baumgardner said. It’s made out of a thin layer of plastic that can be easily sterilized. It goes over the patient’s head, can be taken on and off and moves with the stretcher.



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