3D Printing for the frontlines
Everyday Impact Story: Deloitte Spain professionals join forces to make and supply masks to COVID-19 frontline workers
In the midst of the Coronavirus crisis, Deloitte people around the globe are working to connect to what matters each and every day. This story is part of a series featuring Deloitte people and the impactful work they are doing with clients and in the communities they serve.
What is the challenge?
By mid-March, the outbreak in Spain had reached a critical threshold and was straining resources in hospitals. Medical staff were running out of face shields and other personal protective equipment. Valves and other critical mechanical parts needed to keep the ventilators running were also in short supply. Spain’s “makers,” or freelance creative community, were at the ready to meet this challenge, among them Deloitte practitioners.
How are we helping?
A group of Deloitte Spain professionals led by Risk Advisory Senior Álvaro Reymundo began 3D-printing hundreds of pieces of medical equipment in their spare time, including protection kits and alternative breathing pieces for use by hospitals and public servants. “We started to hear pleas from medics, nurses, cleaning staff, asking [the public] to please provide them with something, anything, to help them cover their faces,” says Álvaro. “That same day, we started to contact these people, saying we could help.”
This backyard operation began with a single 3-D printer capable of producing just 15 protective screens per day. In just a few days, the group was able to source 12 printers and turn around 130 protective masks. By April 28, the group had delivered 2100 masks and respirator parts to more than 20 different hospitals, law enforcement stations, and bus and ambulance depots across four different provinces.
At Deloitte, we are connecting with our clients, people, and communities to make an impact every day.
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