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With a shortage of face masks, Phoenix hospital turns to 3D printing

By Amanda Morris | The Republic

Steve Kirk is a charge nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix and he has to treat every patient he sees as a potential carrier of the novel coronavirus. That means wearing some sort of personal protective equipment, starting with a face mask.

A few weeks ago, he received a new mask, but it wasn’t like the ones he had been using. This one was created by the hospital’s Barrow Neurological Institute Innovation Center, with the aid of a 3D printer. 

Now he’s breathing easier.

“There’s definitely a much better sense of protection,” Kirk said. “I feel more comfortable in this mask than I do in the N95 mask.”

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