Medical students who are members of the Seldinger Society utilized 3D printers to create masks, face shields and surgical glasses for health care professionals and others who need protection.
The medical students, working as volunteers, have created hundreds of masks. Recipient institutions include Sanford Health in Yankton, Vermillion and Sioux Falls, Avera in Sioux Falls, Monument Health in Rapid City, Rosebud Indian Health Service in Rosebud, and USD’s school of medicine for medical students when they return to clinical rotations.
Another project launched and accomplished by members of the Seldinger Society was the fabrication of face shields using 3D printers.
One specific challenge was to locate the materials necessary to create the face shields. Raven Industries of Sioux Falls came to the rescue, donating necessary plastic sheets.
According to medical student Mark Brown, the idea for a 3D printer fabrication project pre-dated the pandemic, but swung into high gear once the coronavirus crisis struck.
Surgical glasses were also fabricated, and they were donated to Avera’s radiology department. Those glasses were designed by Brown.
Brown’s background includes a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota, and before medical school he worked as a new product development engineer at a firm in Plymouth, Minnesota, where he helped design and manufacture several medical device components.
Brown’s personal 3D printer wasn’t the only such device used for this fabrication effort. Augustana professor Andrew Klose donated his printer for this project, as did medical students Ariadne West, Jessica Simpkins and Tej Mehta. Other printers and facilities were made available by USD’s biomedical engineering program.
Donations to the Seldinger Society allowed the purchase of several 3D printers that will be solely dedicated for use by USD medical students. “An exciting aspect of our project is that our group is very future-oriented,” said Brown. “We now have the equipment and expertise to maintain an ongoing 3D printing group that will continue to make PPE when it is needed, and we will also seek out opportunities for medical innovation. We are currently applying for grants to develop other 3D printed PPE for the medical community. Going forward, members of the Seldinger Society want to make 3D printing a skillset of the group.”
The Seldinger Society was formed at the school of medicine in 2017 to provide medical students with the opportunity to learn about interventional radiology. It has since been expanded to include students with a variety of medical interests.