Local Group Uses 3D Tech to Print PPE for WKU Nursing Program
- Author: Malia Carver
- Author: Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
Amongst PPE shortages across the nation due to the global pandemic, a local group recognized a need and offered a creative solution to WKU and the Bowling Green community. Team Kentucky Makers is a networking group on Facebook that is dedicated to supporting local businesses and organizations.
Four members of the Bowling Green team – consisting of WKU employees, alum, and friends – used their personal 3D printers and donated materials to create 500 face shields for use by students and faculty at the WKU School of Nursing and Allied Health. These face shields will allow WKU nursing and dental hygiene students to complete clinical requirements for their program.
“Much of what we do has been funded by individuals who have heard about what we’re doing and donate either money, spools of plastic, or transparencies for face shields, and a great many of those individuals are current or retired WKU employees”, said Charles Plemons III, Team Kentucky Makers member, and WKU IT employee.
So far, the group has supplied 4,459 face shields and 8,406 ear savers to medical and education facilities, non-profits, businesses, and individuals all over Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia. This includes donations to the Gordon Ford College of Business, the Environmental Health & Safety Program, and other admin offices at WKU.
“We are very grateful that people in the community are reaching out to us with creative solutions to the current shortage of protective equipment and money to buy this equipment. This has been a very difficult year for health care providers and hospitals, and the shortage of protective equipment has caused hospitals to either turn our students away or require them to bring their own safety equipment. The donation by Team Kentucky Makers helps make our return to the clinical setting this fall possible”, said Mary Bennet, Director of the School of Nursing and Allied Health.