Stepping Up to Support Healthcare Providers

For medical professionals working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, personal protective equipment (PPE) is a necessary but sometimes uncomfortable tool in the fight to stay healthy.

Thanks to the resources of the Baylor University Libraries, healthcare professionals at Family Health Center Waco received hundreds of 3D-printed surgical mask tension-relief bands produced on equipment from the libraries’ Experiential Learning Commons (ELC).

“We saw an opportunity to use our 3D printers to solve an immediate and timely need by jumping onto this project,” ELC Assistant Director Andrew Telep said. “If it makes wearing a mask even slightly more comfortable for the healthcare workers doing all they can to protect our community, it is well worth the effort.”