Donated Ear Guards

Local business uses 3-D printer to produce ear guards for hospital workers.

The COVID-19 crisis has created many challenges, but it also has inspired acts of amazing kindness among members of our UMB community. We want to hear your inspiring stories for our On the Bright Side series. Submit your story here.

Being a nurse is never easy, let alone during a worldwide pandemic.

Last week, I was talking to my brother-in-law about how sore the backs of my ears were after a shift at work. Like many hospitals, the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) requires staff to wear a mask at all times in the hospital. While it was entertaining trying to come up with creative ways to take the pressure off of our ears, I was really happy when my brother-in-law offered to look into producing ear guards with the 3-D printer at his work.

In less than a week, he was able to coordinate with his colleagues at Oceaneering in Hanover, Maryland, to produce 60 ear guards to be donated to UMMC employees, through the School of Nursing's call.

I want to thank everyone at Oceaneering, School of Nursing Dean Jane Kirschling, and UMMC Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Rowen for helping to make this happen! This is a difficult time, but it makes a real difference when we can all come together to support one another.

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