Health care workers are exposed to manifold risks—overheating in a protective suit shouldn’t be one of them.
Stanford researchers specializing in body temperature regulation developed a solution for Sierra Leone Ebola responders who struggled to work in hazmat suits for more than 20-30 minutes without overheating.
The researchers created a small backpack with a frozen core that circulates cooled water to pads inside fingerless gloves. The water pulls heat away from the palms, a location where body temperature is regulated, allowing workers to spend double—sometimes quadruple—the amount of time suited up. Next steps include larger-scale production for health workers worldwide.