CVHHH Uses 3-D Technology to Build Protective Face Shields

Jon Irwin, CVHHH’s IT Manager, is using 3-D printing technology to construct reusable face shields, pictured, using an National Institutes of Health (NIH)-approved design. He has created a pop-up production space at CVHHH’s office in Berlin.

We have all heard about the PPE (protective personal equipment) shortages in Vermont and nationwide. Jon’s ingenious solution is cost-effective and ensures that visiting staff have the protection they need (and can safely clean and reuse) to continue to care for CVHHH clients. Since the first positive case of coronavirus was confirmed in Vermont, CVHHH has remained open for business. Our staff continue to provide medically-necessary care and supportive services (i.e. homemaking, meal prep, personal care, companionship) to central Vermonters at home. When appropriate, clinicians are conducting visits in person. When possible, we are utilizing video and phone visits to ensure our clients’ needs are met.In addition, CVHHH is distributing face shields to local first responders, including Barre Town Police and the East Montpelier Volunteer Fire Department.

Learn More

Jon Irwin chatted with WDEV Radio’s Dave Gram on The Dave Gram Show about how his 3-D printing hobby has evolved into full-scale face-shield production. Listen here.

Channel 3 news visited our office to chat with Jon Irwin and our Quality Nurse Educator, Kelly Fridinger, RN, about the face-shield production and how the shields are being used to protect staff. Watch here.

Hospice News chatted with Jon Irwin and CEO Sandy Rousse about the face-shields and how they are being used to support members of our hospice team, who continue to care for patients through the pandemic. Read here.