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BC Boy Scout prints hundreds of ear guards for health care workers

The simple plastic guards alleviate ear strain for health care workers wearing protective masks around the clock.
By: Madeleine Hall
April 18, 2020
Photo: Heather Roney (Facebook)
Photo: Heather Roney (Facebook)

Quinn Callander, a 12-year-old Boy Scout from Maple Ridge, BC, is certainly upholding the third point of Scout’s Law: to be helpful, and volunteer to help others without expecting a reward. Callander has been making headlines across North America and beyond for using his 3D printer to create hundreds of ear guards for local health care workers.

As the number of COVID-19 patients around the world requiring intensive care continues to grow, so too have the number of photos circulating on social media of health care workers suffering from various pressure sores from wearing PPE for long periods of time. Ear strain from mask straps is another common complaint and is, according to BC Registered Nurse Sarah Lukasik, “the last thing we need to be worried about right now.”

Callander is using a pattern uploaded to popular 3D priniting site Thingiverse by fellow Maple Ridge resident Ken Lord to make the ear guards, which he’s donating to his local hospital. The simple plastic guards alleviate ear strain by giving health care workers an alternative way to secure straps, rather than looping them around the ears. The pattern has been downloaded over 60,000 times by Thingiverse users around the world. Callander and Lord encourage anyone who is able to download the pattern and get printing!

Sources: Global News, Facebook

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