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COVID-19 Innovation at the UMN

Recorded June 9, 2020, 9:00-10:15am CDT
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Session Abstract:

There has been a lot of media surrounding the University of Minnesota and the efforts that have been done to combat COVID-19. Hear from a few of those making an impact around the world.

Speakers:
"The UMN COVID-19 Response"
John Bischof, Director, Institute for Engineering in Medicine, University of Minnesota

"MNmask: PPE Innovation for Covid-19 Crisis Supply"
Linsey Griffin, Assistant Professor of Wearable Product Design, University of Minnesota

"Storage System for Re-use and Extended use of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators"
Ehsan Naderi, Assistant Professor of Product Design, University of Minnesota

"Combating Nosocomial Aerosol Transmission of COVID-19"
Chris Hogan, Professor, University of Minnesota

"Emergency Design and Production of Level 1 Isolation Gowns"
Steven Saliterman, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota

"Development of the Coventor Ventilator System"
Aaron Tucker, Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center, University of Minnesota


Speaker Bios:

Ehsan NaderiEhsan Naderi, Assistant Professor of Product Design, University of Minnesota
Ehsan Naderi is Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director of Product Design at the University of Minnesota. Before joining U of M, Dr. Naderi has taught a variety of courses at University of Missouri's and Azad University of Mashhad (IAUM). Along with his academic experience, Dr. Naderi has practiced design consultancy, product design, user experience design, and interior design.

 

 

Linsey GriffinLinsey Griffin, Assistant Professor of Wearable Product Design, University of Minnesota
Linsey Griffin, Ph.D., is the Co-Director of the Human Dimensioning Lab at the University of Minnesota. She specializes in the development of wearable health and safety products, with an emphasis on anthropometry, sizing, and fit. She has conducted wearable product research with organizations including Kimberly Clark Corporation, Park Nicollet Health Services, 3M, and NASA.

 

 

Chris HoganChris Hogan, Professor, University of Minnesota
Chris Hogan is a Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota.  He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Aerosol Science.

 

 

 

Steven SalitermanSteven Saliterman, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Prof. Steven Saliterman is a VentureWell Faculty Grant recipient, and member of the Department of Biomedical Engineering for 18 years. He received his medical degree and specialty training at the Mayo Clinic, biomedical engineering internship at the Johnson Space Center, and research fellowship at the NASA Ames Research Center. He teaches medical device design, and micro and nanotechnology.

 

 

Aaron TuckerAaron Tucker, Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center
Aaron is a Mechanical Engineering PhD Candidate in the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center. As the Technical Development Coordinator in the Bakken Center, he specializes in early stage product development including prototype design, fabrication, and testing. His research investigates improvement in blood glucose control through machine learning and advanced control techniques.

 

 


Presentation Abstracts:

"Storage System for Re-use and Extended use of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators"
Many healthcare facilities already adopted the CDC recommendation for reusing the N95 masks. This 1-5-2 protocol involves keeping the masks in the paper bags for five days and reuse them for a limited number of times after that. Some disadvantages associated with this method of decontamination include efficient and sustainable storage, organization, appropriate ventilation, and information visualization for a “risk-free” redeployment N95 masks in different shifts and rotations. The design solution addresses these issues.

"MNmask: PPE Innovation for Covid-19 Crisis Supply"
To address PPE mask shortages, UMN experts from design, engineering, chemistry, and medicine collaborated to design the MNmask face masks in three styles. The common traits of all styles of MNmask are the use of industrial filter media, components sourced from non-endangered supply chains, and a low-complexity fabrication process that does not require specialized equipment or a highly-skilled workforce. To date, the MNmask team has led the production of over 6000 masks and will be making kits for an additional 50,000 masks for distribution across UMN.

To learn more, visit https://www.iem.umn.edu/medical-devices-ppe-masks or http://license.umn.edu/technologies/2020-349_mnmask-emergency-use-face-masks

"Combating Nosocomial Aerosol Transmission of COVID-19"
Treating COVID-19 patients, from initial testing to oxygen therapies, presents a number of challenges to healthcare providers, namely because they are solely reliant on PPE to prevent patient to health care provider infection. This presentation will discuss the development of negative pressure hoods and positive pressure testing booths to aid healthcare provider's in treating COVID-19 patients.

"Emergency Design and Production of Level 1 Isolation Gowns"
Seventeen biomedical engineering students partnered with M Health Fairview Health System to address an immediate dire shortage of healthcare provider gowns. Faced with escalating cases of COVID-19, and a need for 10,000 disposable gowns daily, the students divided into working groups - gown design, material selection, manufacturing and FDA requirements. Material and gown production began in just two weeks, and the effort was recognized on CBS affiliate WCCO TV, and the Star Tribune newspaper.

"Development of the Coventor Ventilator System"
On March 15, Dr. Stephen Richardson approached the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center with a concept for a low cost, emergency ventilator alternative for use in the COVID-19 pandemic. Thirty days later, the University of Minnesota received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the Coventor, and after another thirty-six days, 3000 Coventors had been produced through a collaboration including UMN, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, and UnitedHealth Group. Tune in to our talk to hear how the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center utilized unique expertise in early stage product development, university-industry collaborations, and our educational model to produce the first-of-its-kind FDA approved emergency ventilator alternative.

 


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