How Boston Scientific is Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Adapting to serve customers and patients
Protecting our global team
These actions come amid significant changes in the way our global workforce has learned to operate in order to keep our employees, our customers and their patients safe. Our employees provide on-site support to customers in accordance with guidance from local health authorities and following hospital protocols. Employees who can perform their job functions from home have been working remotely with flexible work arrangements. We’ve taken a tiered approach to reopening larger sites so that employees whose roles require a return to our facilities can do so safely, while meeting customer and patient needs and ensuring business continuity. Extra precautions, including increased cleaning measures, social distancing protocols and the use of face coverings, are in place for employees who work onsite. We are also supplying personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees.
Additional resources are available to support the physical, mental and financial health of our employees, including employee assistance programs, wellness and mental health resources and flexible work arrangements. In the U.S., we’re also supporting working parents by increasing backup childcare subsidies, student tutoring and virtual learning resources.
Caring for our communities by providing immediate support
Global collaboration and meaningful innovation to address critical needs
- We 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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorization in mid-April 2020, the company manufactured an initial supply of Coventors, with the ability to scale up production as needed. The University of Minnesota 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 leveraged our supply chain capabilities to source and produce components for commercial ventilators, expand supply chain capacity and help enable increased global production of transportable ventilators.
Personal protective equipment
- We have helped address 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 well over one million face shields for healthcare providers.
- 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 were donated to hospitals across the country and design details for the adapter mold were made available for continued production by other manufacturers.