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https://www.fedex.com/en-us/coronavirus/stories.html#Yarbro_April20-2020

 

April 20, 2020: “I can build one of those things myself.”

That’s what went through Shawn Yarbro’s head when his wife, a nurse, told him about the need at hospitals for something called an intubation box. It’s a shield of sorts, for protecting healthcare workers from infection while performing the process of intubating a patient.

A high percentage of COVID-19 patients require this procedure in order to clear their airway so they can breathe. And it’s a pretty risky process, exposing hospital staff to a risk of infection.

Shawn, a FedEx aircraft mechanic for 31 years, put his engineering skills to work, building an intubation box based on a video provided by Dr. Imad Omer, an infectious disease doctor in Memphis, Tennessee.

Joined by his son Logan (also an aircraft mechanic who just started with FedEx in the last month) he designed a process and built the first two intubation boxes in a single afternoon.

Shawn Yarbro and wife Stefanie Yarbro

Shawn Yarbro and wife Stephanie Yarbro

Shawn describes the process, “I’d been sent plans that involved using a million-dollar piece of equipment, which I don’t quite have in my home shop. So, we went down to Home Depot, bought some Lexan—similar to plexiglass—and got to work.”

After delivery to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, the box was used twice in the very first night.

Stephanie Yarbro and a colleague demonstrate how the intubation box is used

Reports of the intubation boxes’ effectiveness spread quickly. Shawn’s daughter is a nurse at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, so she took a box there. Yarbro has since been asked to make 20 more intubation boxes for other hospitals, including some for locations in neighboring Mississippi.

True to their FedEx spirit of continuous improvement, Shawn and Logan started looking for enhancements to their process. They quickly built intubation box 2.0 that has fewer pieces and is easier to keep clean, and version 3.0 is in the works.

“This is a tough time for our country. Everybody needs to band together and do what we can to help,” Shawn said.

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I'm just going to say if I ever meet that man, I'm buying him a beer. Heck, I have a feeling in my group of friends (PAs, Paramedics, EMTs, retired medics) he wouldn't buy a beer all night.

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Bravo, Shawn Yarbro!

 

Amazing that something so simple could be so important. 

 

 

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You've got to love American ingenuity 

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I see nothing to be proud of: The German's could build one that is just effective and has 300 more parts of which 200 are microscopic, The Russians could build one that weighs 2.5 tons and is a direct copy of the German one.

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1 hour ago, Tequila Shooter said:

You've got to love American ingenuity 

 

Until the government steps in to regulate, dictate and mandate. 

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One of he things I love about the Wire...All the positive  waves...

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There are 3 types of people; those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened.

 

We all know which category he's in. 

 

Bravo Zulu, Mr Yarbro.

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1 hour ago, Matthew Duncan said:

 

Until the government steps in to regulate, dictate and mandate. 

 

Oh of course...politicians have to feel important and justify those big paychecks  :ph34r:  :D 

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2 hours ago, Noz said:

I see nothing to be proud of: The German's could build one that is just effective and has 300 more parts of which 200 are microscopic, The Russians could build one that weighs 2.5 tons and is a direct copy of the German one.

First off, Noz, you're absolutely correct!

Second, many thanks, these are difficult times and I for one benefitted from a good laugh, courtesy your incisive comment!

Well said indeed!

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Yes.  That was absolute genius.  I hope his superiors hear about this and he gets an award out of it. 

 

Well done Yarbro family!!!

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