University aids PPE production efforts

University aids PPE production efforts

Bondholder the University of Derby is supporting the national effort to combat COVID-19 by producing essential elements of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Researchers based at the University’s Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering research centre (IISE) have produced single-use and reusable visors which can be mass manufactured for use in the short-term.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell DL, Vice-Chancellor, said: “The University has already made significant contributions within Derby and Derbyshire to the work being done to treat people who have fallen seriously ill after contracting Coronavirus. This includes the supply of thousands of items of PPE kit, not to mention the hundreds of students who are supporting nursing staff on the frontline in our hospitals.

“The fact that we can also bolster the supply of essential equipment which helps to protect hospital staff from infection is yet another example of the University’s prompt and purposeful civic engagement with our community, businesses and essential services at a time when it is so vital to work together to confront this crisis.”

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