Boy Scout Makes Genius Device To Help Medical Staff Working Frontlines

by : Emily Brown on : 07 Apr 2020 15:36
Boy Scout Makes Genius Device To Help Medical Staff Working Frontlines Boy Scout Makes Genius Device To Help Medical Staff Working Frontlines Jam Press

A young boy scout is using a 3D printer to help make devices which relieve the pain health workers face from wearing protective masks while treating patients. 

Frontline staff are working tirelessly to give the care and attention needed to hospital patients across the globe, but in order to do so they typically have to be kitted out with a wealth of protective gear to prevent themselves from getting ill.

Staff require gloves, gowns, face masks and even full protective face shields to protect themselves, with many having to wear the uncomfortable gear for hours on end while on the job.


Taking the gear off while treating patients is not an option, but the protective masks have caused medics to suffer as the straps rub behind their ears and leave skin chafed and sore.

Boy scout Quinn Callander, from British Columbia, Canada, wanted to do what he could to help those on the front lines and so responded to a request from local hospitals who were asking for help with creating ‘ear guards’.


The guards are clever plastic devices which attach to the straps of protective face masks and hold them in place at the back of workers’ heads, taking the pressure off their ears and preventing the straps from rubbing.

Nurse wearing ear guard protectorNurse wearing ear guard protectorJam Press

Quinn put his 3D printing skills to work and started making the guards from a template, which his mum Heather has since shared online.

Heather commended her son in a Facebook post last week, writing:


Quinn… got busy on his 3D printer and has been turning out dozens of ear guards to donate… Due to the unbelievable response we have decide to post the link to the file we are using.

We need more volunteers to fire up their 3D printers and donate these ear guards to hospitals and medical professionals!

Boy scout holding up ear guards created with 3D printerBoy scout holding up ear guards created with 3D printerJam Press

Pictures shared online show Quinn holding some of the devices and some of them being put to use by satisfied health care staff.

Helping to make the simple, genius devices is a brilliant way to aid those who are risking their own health in order to save others. Those working on the frontlines deserve all the support we can offer in these tough times, and Quinn is doing his part to make sure they’re that little bit more comfortable while on the job.

Health worker giving thumbs up while wearing ear guard protectorHealth worker giving thumbs up while wearing ear guard protectorJam Press

Now the 3D printing template has been shared online, hopefully more people will be able to make the ear guards and in turn help more of the hardworking staff.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

Topics: Health, Boy Scouts, British Columbia, Coronavirus, Ear Guards, Healthcare Workers


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