SHIELDZ: The Great Canadian Protective Face Shield
SHIELDZ: The Great Canadian Protective Face Shield is intended for use by healthcare professionals, allied healthcare workers, and members in the community that would like to reduce risk of contracting COVID-19 and other diseases. It is also intended for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients who are self isolating at home to minimize disease spread to individuals in the same household. The device acts as a physical barrier to protect the wearer from contracting COVID-19 or other infectious diseases via the droplet route. For frontline healthcare workers, additional protection such as N95-grade masks must be worn with the device.
Designed by Makerwiz, SHIELDZ combines the advantages of being able to be produced quickly (like Prusa RC1) with the comfort for the wearer (like Prusa RC2 and RC3). SHIELDZ consists of a clear PETG plastic screen (0.5mm thickness) affixed between a head band and a bottom band. The two ends of the headband is connected by an adjustable elastic strap. The screen is laser cut from industrial-grade VIVAK PETG sheets and is resistant to disinfectants and therefore reusable.
As of May 2020, SHIELDZ is officially a Class I Medical Device licensed by Health Canada under IO Authorization IO313594. SHIELDZ face shields manufactured by Makerwiz are currently in use at the following organizations:
Mackenzie Health, Richmond Hill, ON
Scarborough Health Network (3 Hospitals), Toronto, ON
Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, ON
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON
Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton, ON
Saint Bonaface Hospital, Winnipeg, MB
Long Term Care Centres:
L’Arche Daybreak, Richmond Hill, ON
Mon Sheong Richmond Hill LTC Centre, Richmond Hill, ON
Participation House, Markham, ON
Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, Markham, ON
York Region Paramedic Services