Healthcare professionals who are treating Ebola patients protect themselves from virus exposure by wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including double-layer gloves, coveralls, and boots. Imagine what that must feel like to those who are on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa’s hot temperatures. Changing equipment offers brief relief, but it’s a lengthy process and potentially puts workers at risk of infection each time their skin is exposed.
Ebola virions (PLos Biology, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0030403.g001)
In an effort to make PPEs more comfortable to wear for longer periods of time – and to keep the risk of exposure at bay – Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good program is partnering with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to test and integrate new PPE cooling technology, including:
Phase-Change Material Cooling Solutions: Currently being used by the military, this garment could provide an off-the-shelf, rapidly deployable cooling solution that can be worn underneath existing PPE.
Arterial Cooling Base Layer System: This innovative base layer cooling system from sports-wear company Qore Performance, Inc., cools the body by cooling the blood at pulse points.
A wide range of approaches will be needed to ultimately put the Ebola outbreak in check – from vaccines to education to new healthcare technologies. Learn more about efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak from:
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