GC and the Faculty of Medicine, Vajira Hospital, Navamindradhiraj University, Join Together in a Collaborative Project to Produce PPE for Medical Professionals to Tackle COVID-19

Background: The current global COVID-19 pandemic is increasing the number of cases in Thailand daily, and having a detrimental effect on medical professionals who are at a higher risk of contracting the virus due to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, or GC, is applying the chemical and plastic innovations from across GC Group to produce PPE in a collaborative project with the Faculty of Medicine, Vajira Hospital, Navamindradhiraj University, which is charge of the design, research and development.

The PPE includes the following:
  • Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR)
    A type of PPE for medical professionals providing greater protection when they are carrying out routine medical procedures on COVID-19 patients. GC is producing the PAPR’s filter box using 3D printing technology.
  • PAPR Hood Cover
    Made of 100% PET from GC, worn on top to ensure that no outside air, potentially contaminated with COVID-19, enters the PAPR.
  • Face Shield Visor Holder
    The Face Shield is made of Polycarbonate (PC) and the Visor Holder is made of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS plastic). Both are supplied by GC. They are suitable for use as the inner layer of the PAPR and PAPR Hood Cover providing complete protection to medical professionals from COVID-19 during routine medical procedures or when in close contact with COVID-19 patients.
  • Coverall (Internal)
    Made of PP (Polypropylene) Spunbond Meltblown Spunbond (SMS) EN13892, EN13034 (European standard), supplied by GC.
  • Isolation Gown (External)
    Made of PP Spunbond fabric mixed with meltblown produced by HMC Polymers Co., Ltd. (HMC). Worn on top of the Coverall to ensure greater protection.
  • Shoe Cover
    Made of PP Spunbond fabric. Worn on top of shoes for medical and healthcare workers who are carrying out surgical procedures or treating patients to prevent exposure to blood and bodily fluids, thereby reducing the risk of transmission from infected patients.

The PPE being produced and provided are high standard medical suits for healthcare workers for use in operating rooms and intensive care units (ICUs) to help prevent the transmission of severe COVID-19 cases from super spreaders to medical workers who conduct routine medical procedures or work in laboratories. An initial production of 1,000 prototype units for hospitals is expected, which will increase the confidence of medical workers and ultimately result in their safely treating patients.