Because the begin of the pandemic, so many individuals in our group have gone above and past to assist others. Only a few of the various heartwarming tales that we have shared embrace The Herbfarm, a gourmet restaurant in Woodinville that pivoted to begin serving scorching meals to medical employees – and the local couple behind Funkycold Co. who lift people’s spirits with their beautiful and delicious cookies, that they donated to Kids’s Hospital different entrance line staff.
Folks of all ages have been pitching in. That features native teen Nate Hempstead, who put his experience in 3D printing to make use of, to assist well being care professionals hold their face masks safely, firmly (and comfortably) in place whereas treating sufferers. Refined caught up [virtually] with Nate and Dr. Neil Siecke, who initially approached Nate for assist.
Seattle Refined: Nate Hempstead you’re a senior at Archbishop Murphy Excessive Faculty up in Edmonds – and also you’re additionally a whiz with the 3D printer. What are among the stuff you’ve made with 3D printers through the years?
Nate Hempstead: I made batons for our class, TedX logos, I like making little scale canines trigger they’re tremendous cute.
And lately an grownup, a physician in reality – requested you for assistance on a undertaking throughout the pandemic.
The physician’s identify is Dr. Neil Siecke, he’s a superb household good friend of mine.
Dr. Siecke, you’re a heart specialist in Edmonds, that’s a very vital job any time however particularly throughout this present well being disaster it should be extra vital than ever. What was happening with you and your masks?
Dr. Neil Siecke: We had an issue, we needed to begin sporting masks mainly anytime we have been seeing sufferers but additionally once we have been in our rooms or speaking to our employees. It was grating on our ears and inflicting sores behind our ears particularly for those who wore glasses. There was a number of stress happening throughout that point and as you possibly can think about there nonetheless is. As a substitute of specializing in the affected person, you’re frightened about your ears hurting.
So that you had an issue – and also you turned to the one individual you knew who might clear up it who occurred to be a teen!
Dr. Siecke: We turned to Nate. I do know he’s finished fairly a bit of labor with 3D printing.
Nate: It’s essential for well being care individuals to have these clips, they’re in-person they’re sporting a masks virtually on a regular basis. It’s simply so exhausting on the again of the ears from sporting them, it simply hurts after awhile it offers them complications which may affect – have a major affect.
Dr. Siecke: I despatched him some designs that I noticed on-line.
Nate: I printed a prototype and despatched, which took about half-hour and it was too brief as a result of a few of his docs had huge heads! So I needed to lengthen it a little bit bit.
Dr. Siecke: Nate was sort sufficient to print out 30 or 40 for us, of the clips, for us and we distributed them to our employees and a pair went to some sufferers who actually wanted them. It was actually a lifesaver.
How do these face masks clips work?
Nate: You’re taking one finish and you place it into the – there’s a little bit hole over right here – you possibly can slide it below then you possibly can put the masks in your face, attain round to the again of your head and simply clip it on.
So the place are your clips getting used proper now?
Nate: On the Swedish Hospital Cardiovascular Division over within the Lynnwood space.
What sort of distinction did it make for you and your colleagues having these masks clips?
Dr. Siecke: I used to be so grateful. I had actually sore ears, and as soon as we began sporting the clips it simply made it so much simpler.
Nate you’re a teenage child and you’re already making an enormous distinction in your group – how does it make you’re feeling?
Nate: It makes me completely happy to know that one thing that I’ve made is on the market serving to individuals throughout this tough time.