Prevention is Superior to Treatment

More and more students are answering the call to provide critically needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for UNC Health. The latest efforts – initiated by Carol Lewis, vice president of the Center for Health Innovation – include biomedical engineering (BME) students from both Carolina and NC State who are crafting pediatric face masks.

Paul Dayton, Ph.D., interim chair of the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, is coordinating teams of engineers to tackle several COVID-19related projects, including addressing the need for smaller masks to fit patients at NC Children’s Hospital.

“The COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented and scary, but it’s been incredible to see so many scientists, engineers and physicians that have immediately focused their efforts to solve urgent needs in medicine,” said Dayton, a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

“The BME department is well-positioned to help in these needs, and we are enthusiastic about working with our colleagues at UNC Health, FastTraCS, BeAM [the makerspace], as well as other departments and local industry to make an immediate impact in improving lives.”

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