Innovating protectives gears for frontline health professionals in the COVID-19 pandemic at a low resource setting

  • Rameshwar Adhikari Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST), Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7350-0204
  • Suraj Baidya Plant Pathology Division, Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Gaurav Das National Innovation Centre (NIC), RECAST, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Lekh Nath Khatiwada Department of Customs, Nepal Government, Tripureshwar, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Shankar Prasad Khatiwada Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST), Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Tshering Lama Idea Studio Nepal, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Ganesh Kunwar Chhetri Department of Physics, School of Science, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
  • Shrinkhala Manandhar Plant Pathology Division, Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Sabina Shrestha Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST), Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Deepak Prasad Subedi Department of Physics, School of Science, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
  • Manoj Nidhi Wagle Department of Customs, Nepal Government, Tripureshwar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Keywords: Innovation, low resource setting, mask, morphology, microscopy, protective gear

Abstract

We communicate briefly about the innovation of protective gear (such as Hazmat suit) and respirator mask that can be used by health care professionals as mouth and nose protection tools against the penetration of the microscopic particles containing highly contagious species into the body. As a research and development support to the local entrepreneurs willing to come up with innovative products, the structural and some surface functional properties of the polymeric materials available in local market were analyzed in comparison to the commercially available gears and masks. It has been found that the respirator masks, equivalent in structure and functional properties as the common commercially available protective gears could be developed that can be used by front-line health professionals for protection against contagious environment. The research has paved way to manufacture highly useful health care products at significantly lower costs under low resource setting.

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Published
2020-06-30
How to Cite
Adhikari, R., Baidya, S., Das, G., Khatiwada, L., Khatiwada, S., Lama, T., Chhetri, G., Manandhar, S., Shrestha, S., Subedi, D., & Wagle, M. (2020). Innovating protectives gears for frontline health professionals in the COVID-19 pandemic at a low resource setting. Applied Science and Technology Annals, 1(1), 48-50. https://doi.org/10.3126/asta.v1i1.30272
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Short Communications