Ebola protective suit honored in global design competition

September 15, 2015

The Johns Hopkins University’s new personal protective suit for frontline health care workers in Ebola outbreaks was honored Monday as one of 10 finalists in the Social Good category of Fast Company’s 2015 Innovation by Design Awards.

The suit, intended for use in future Ebola outbreaks like the 2014 epidemic that killed thousands in West Africa, has elements to keep the wearer more comfortable than existing suits, reduce the risk of coming in contact with the virus and protect against other infectious diseases.

Fast Company praised the design’s prospects to do a “better job than current garments at keeping health care workers from coming in contact with Ebola patients’ contagious body fluids.”

“It includes a clear visor incorporated into the suit and air vents in the hood for keeping cool in hot climates,” Fast Company said, “and, most ingeniously, a single rear zipper that easily causes the suit to peel away, without the contaminated exterior ever touching the wearer’s skin.”

The Johns Hopkins suit was one of more than 1,500 entries, in 13 categories, in this year’s Innovation by Design showcase, Fast Company said on its website.

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