How Boston Scientific is Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
At Boston Scientific, our priority is to protect and aid the health and safety of our employees, our physician customers and their patients. That has always meant ensuring that our life-changing devices and therapies are available when needed. Now, it also means finding new and creative ways to support the frontline healthcare professionals working tirelessly to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is a challenging time for all of us, but we will continue to make decisions guided by our core values to support our global community.
Global Collaboration and Meaningful Innovation to address critical needs
- We have worked with the University of Minnesota Bakken Medical Device Center and industry collaborators to bring an emergency resuscitator named the Coventor to market, which can be used as an alternative when traditional ventilators are not available. Following FDA authorization in mid-April 2020, the company is manufacturing an initial supply of Coventors, with plans to scale up production as needed. Organizations interested in supporting this project through funding or sourcing parts are encouraged to learn more here and contact the University of Minnesota. Additionally, the University of Minnesota has made the design files available so that other interested organizations can help manufacture Coventors going forward. The machine is intended to work as a one-armed robot to pump an Ambu® bag, replacing the need for manual respiration in emergency settings.
- We are leveraging our supply chain capabilities with the intent to source and produce components for commercial ventilators, expand supply chain capacity and help enable increased global production of transportable ventilators.
Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- We are addressing PPE shortages among healthcare workers by producing face shields across several sites, through a collaboration with the nonprofit GetUsPPE.org and the plastic packaging company Prent Corporation. Boston Scientific employees assembled and donated one million face shields for healthcare providers and will continue with this initiative while there is a need.
- Working with an international coalition of medical experts, clinicians and industry leaders, we designed and developed the Pneumask™ Face Shield. The FDA authorized device combines a full-face snorkeling mask and a Boston Scientific custom-molded adapter that wearers can attach to a medical-grade air filter. The Pneumasks will be donated to hospitals across the country and design details for the adapter mold will be available for continued production by other manufacturers.
Our Winning Spirit enables us to adapt to customer needs and improve patient care
Caring for our communities by providing immediate support
Protecting our global team
These actions come amid significant changes in the way our global workforce operates in order to protect our employees and flatten the curve of infection. Employees who can perform their job functions from home have been working remotely with flexible work arrangements. Extra precautions, including increased cleaning measures and social distancing protocols, and the use of face coverings, are in place for employees who work onsite. We are also providing free PPE for employees who produce medical devices or perform critical functions. When in-person support is essential for critical patient procedures, we will continue to provide it, in accordance with guidance from local health authorities and following hospital protocols.
Additional resources are available to employees who are trained healthcare providers choosing to volunteer as supplemental staff for hospitals in need of additional support, as well as tools to support the physical, mental and financial health of our entire global team.