She talked to her husband, Kevin, who owns Metalex Manufacturing in Blue Ash. They redesigned the Taiwan model with added features and then sent drawings to 3-D Technical Services in Franklin. Bill Wurzelbacher, vice president there, told Kummerle that if he provided the material, his company would perform the labor for free.
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There are three boxes available at Atrium and they started being used two weeks ago, she said. When asked if she felt more protected while using the box during an intubation procedure, she said: “Absolutely. It was really nice. Felt like we had an additional layer of protection.”
She is hoping to share her prototype with fellow clinicians in the Cincinnati/Dayton region.