Supplying Medical Enclosures to Hospitals
Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial (RCCC) has initiated a project to supply Medical Enclosure (CovidBox) to hospitals in Alberta and Saskatchewan. There is an opportunity for other clubs in Calgary and across Canada to support the project. Centennial has already provided $2,000 to build prototype in Calgary and will supply them to South Campus Hospital in Calgary and Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon in the week of April 7, 2020. Total demand across Canada is anticipated to exceed 5,000 CovidBoxes. For further information, please contact Anil Jain at
Performing intubation places doctors at high risk for exposure to infectious bodily fluids produced by COVID-19 patients. The Medical Enclosure(CovidBox) helps contain these bodily fluids while providing openings to enable staff to access to the patient from two sides. The box weighs less than 15 pounds and can be easily and quickly positioned or removed.  The Medical Enclosure is reusable and can be cleaned by wiping with alcohol. Apply a drape with tape to cover the torso and create a tighter seal.
Design and Development
The design and development of the CovidBox has been led by MikeRooney (Mechanical engineer, UBC Dept. of Chemistry, Berlinguette group) with support from:
  • Dr. Tony Badh and his team with the Dept of Anesthesiology at St Paul’s Hospital (Vancouver, Canada), who are helping test CovidBox and providing design input.
  • Dr. Neil Ramsay and physicians at Vancouver General Hospital (Vancouver, Canada), who are helping test CovidBox and providing design input.
  • Other members of the Berlinguette Group (UBC Dept. of Chemistry) including Karry Ocean, Fraser Parlane, and Ben MacLeod who are helping with design, logistics, and communications.
  • Prof. Zac Hudson who is giving design input.
  • Dylan Gunn (with the UBC Engineering Physics Project Lab) and the VMERS community who are providing organization guidance and general support.
The latest version details are as follows: