As the Government puts in place interventions in response to Covid-19, a Cork medical equipment manufacturer has adjusted to the changing needs of its staff and customers.
In response to a call from the HSE, Stryker Ireland’s Tullagreen facility in Carrigtwohill began manufacturing face shields.
Ahead of the current government restrictions, Stryker Ireland began introducing policies to reduce its manufacturing facilities to essential activities when the Stryker Innovation Centre in Carrigtwohill received a request from the HSE who highlighted their ongoing needs for PPE supplies at the end of March.
A feasibility project was initiated to determine if face shields could be designed and manufactured at the Tullagreen facility. Prototypes were sent to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for feedback and modifications were made to ensure the face shields met the specific needs of HSE workers.
Staff members volunteered to return to work to support the initiative and staff are now supplying face shields to 11 hospitals and nursing homes in the country with over 100,000 face shields currently on order.
Senior Director of Global Research and Engineering Services at Stryker, Kevin Manley, said that the company’s priorities throughout the pandemic have been “keeping people safe” and supporting the needs of its customers in order for them to focus on taking care of their patients.
“When the HSE got in touch, we worked swiftly with CUH to ensure the face shield would meet the specific needs of healthcare workers,” he said.
Vice President Manufacturing, Joint Replacement at Stryker, David Butler, said: “We have always been incredibly proud of our teams and this achievement highlights how dedicated they are to finding innovative solutions to address the changing needs of our customers.
“Turning this project around in such a short time took dedication with teams of volunteers working shifts over 24-hour days to deliver the product.
“Our employees wanted to contribute to the national emergency and this prompt action exemplifies the commitment of our people to our mission of making healthcare better,” he said.