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Aerosol Boxes (Intubation Boxes)

Check out the information below on how to get started

Why do we need aerosol boxes?

Worldwide, the soaring number of COVID-19 patients means more patients are needing to undergo intubation and other aerosol generating procedures. This puts medical personnel at risk as medical resources such as air-purifying respirators and N95 masks are depleted. Aerosol boxes aim to reduce exposure to medical personnel by blocking aerosols.


What considerations should I have in mind when getting started with making aerosol boxes?

  • If you can, please segregate the equipment that you will be using in your space away from people, pets, bathrooms, or food preparation surfaces.
  • There is still debate about how long the virus survives on hard industrial surfaces, but it is currently estimated that COVID-19 can live on hard industrial surfaces (metal, plastic, and glass) for up to 3 days. If you have access to sanitizing solutions, including diluted bleach, 70% alcohol solution, or products like Star-San or Odo-Ban, please disinfect your tools and equipment before and after each item is made. You can also let packed items sit for 3 days before distributing, as another mechanism to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • File down any sharp edges to reduce the risk of snags
  • Exterior handles will reduce risk of cross-contamination while transporting the box

What projects can I get involved with to make Aerosol Boxes?

Project Name: Aerosol Block

This design is well-suited for rapid fabrication using clear plexiglass.

Specialized Equipment (Recommended): Laser cutter

-See website, multiple variants available
-Medical professionals have expressed concern regarding the use of this box due to increased intubation difficulty. Clinicians should understand that their movement will be restricted.


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