Backing our Heroes: GMIT Supports Frontline Staff in time of COVID Crisis
GMIT team lead development of low-cost emergency ventilator A new type of emergency ventilator that can be produced rapidly and inexpensively to assist the medical profession in the treatment of Covid patients has been designed and developed by staffwithin the GMITSchool of Engineering.
Kelly Roberts, a member of staff in GMIT’s School of Design and Creative Arts has been putting her creative skills and resources to great use, making hundreds of reusable face coverings for use in nursing homes and for GMIT staffwho opt to wear them on return to campus.
Dr Seamus Lennon, GMIT Acting Assistant Registrar (left), and, Brian Murphy, Assistant National Director, Strategic Planning, HSE, at the GMIT Contact Tracing Centre in the Dublin Road campus’ IT Centre. GMIT’s Contact Tracing Centre Over 110 GMIT staff volunteers were trained by public health workers to undertake the work of both establishing the contacts of those who tested positive for Covid-19 and to communicate with those contacts.
Kelly Roberts at work on the face coverings in her home.
Left: Isobel Barnes and Orla Mullins, the Burren Pharmacy, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare, wearing the GMIT visors.
Above: Sharon White, Manager of the MET Gateway, GMIT, delivering the MET ventilator to the HSE, Galway.
Stand and deliver: the staff who helped to protect health workers Lecturers in engineering, science and computing together with academics in GMIT’s Medical Engineering Technology (MET) Gateway, built ventilators and produced face visors and shields.
Right: Alan Connors, MET, delivering face shields to the Brothers of Charity, Galway.
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