WABI, Mainebiz highlight efforts to tackle health care supply shortages

WABI (Channel 5) and Mainebiz reported on the University of Maine’s efforts to help tackle supply shortages faced by health care providers during the coronavirus pandemic. The station also shared the news release. The first UMaine-led initiative to help meet the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers focuses on production of hospital-grade hand sanitizer. Other initiatives include research on protocols for N95 masks, and development of devices supporting intubation and ventilation. “It’s been really rewarding to work with the individuals and the organizations very committed to the need, and very innovative and a tremendous amount of creativity in trying to find solutions,” said Jake Ward, vice president for innovation and economic development at UMaine.