Duke University students brainstormed ideas to help track and fight Ebola through the Duke Ebola Innovation Challenge, according to an article on the Herald Sun website.
Five teams of students recently pitched their ideas to a panel of judges at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.
One team proposed training health care workers to safely remove personal protective equipment by coating the gear in glow-in-the-dark paint. Another team suggested using cooling pads to increase the time workers can wear protective gear.
Teams of students from different disciplines were challenged to come up with ideas that could either better protect or empower healthcare workers or that could boost infection-related tracking and communication.
The winning team proposed “Patient Ebola Kits.” The kits would contain equipment such as IV fluids with electrolytes, cleaning supplies for patient waste and biohazard bags.
The kits could be placed in patient rooms that workers would not have to leave to access needed supplies, and they could also help with the supply-tracking process.