SC engineer, boat maker build ‘intubation boxes’ to shield healthcare workers from COVID-19

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A South Carolina engineer and a boat maker teamed up to protect healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

They are building “intubation boxes.”

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The acrylic shields can protect doctors and nurses during high-risk procedures like placing or removing patients’ ventilators.

“These boxes provide that protection at the most critical time that they need it,” Rob Harding said. “Every doctor we keep in the fight is, just has an exponential effect on more people they’re able to treat.”

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Harding said he wanted to give back to the medical workers who care for his son, who has a genetic disorder.

They are sending the boxes to hospitals nationwide for free.