S. Jersey artists create ‘intubation boxes’ for providers to safely treat COVID-19 patients

Lynne Adkins
May 21, 2020 - 12:00 pm
Intubation box

Virtua Health

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It may look like just a clear Plexiglas cube to some, but for health care workers, it’s a godsend.

Virtua Health workers have been using “intubation boxes” to keep both professionals and patients from spreading COVID-19. The box is placed over a patient’s head, and it has “strategically placed holes” on each side, similar to a neonatal incubator. 

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“Providers can put their hands inside the box and manipulate tubing, and potentially intubate a patient or place a breathing tube in a patient or pull a breathing tube out of a patient,” explained Dr. Adam Glasofer, chief innovation officer of the Virtua Center for Innovation. “By doing that and using the box, they are reducing the amount of aerosolized viral particles in the air, which certainly put our staff at risk.”

In collaboration with Virtua, the boxes are actually the brainchild of two South Jersey artists — from Pearlman Designs in Voorhees and Ascalon Studios in West Berlin — who have had to switch gears during the coronavirus pandemic.

Intubation box
Virtua Health

The two family-owned companies have made more than 100 boxes so far, all given to hospitals along the East Coast for free.

All of the materials have been donated as well, and each box only takes about 30 minutes to produce.

“Something like this, I think, provides a level of protection to our clinicians who are taking care of these patients,” Glasofer continued. “For the patients, it doesn’t actually change things all that much because they are getting the same care they would get regardless. So this is a tool that more so protects our clinical staff.”