Protecting Pediatric Patients

Creating pediatric masks for UNC Health

Creating pediatric masks for UNC Health

More and more students are answering the call to provide critically needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for UNC Health. The latest efforts – initiated by Carol Lewis, vice president of the Center for Health Innovation – include biomedical engineering (BME) students from both Carolina and NC State who are crafting pediatric face masks.

Paul Dayton, Ph.D., interim chair of the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, is coordinating teams of engineers to tackle several COVID-19related projects, including addressing the need for smaller masks to fit patients at NC Children’s Hospital.

“The COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented and scary, but it’s been incredible to see so many scientists, engineers and physicians that have immediately focused their efforts to solve urgent needs in medicine,” said Dayton, a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

“The BME department is well-positioned to help in these needs, and we are enthusiastic about working with our colleagues at UNC Health, FastTraCS, BeAM [the makerspace], as well as other departments and local industry to make an immediate impact in improving lives.”

Read the completeCarolina Story…Opens in new window


Carolina on the Frontlines

UNC-Chapel Hill is on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. View the ways you can immediately support Carolina researchers, caregivers and students who drive change, accelerate impact and provide a future for us all.

Support Carolina on the Frontlines

UNC Health Funding Priorities

Readers Also Viewed...


Working Together Successfully

Carolina's expertise in HIV research provides hope for tackling COVID-19.


Creating Better Days During the Pandemic

Useful findings on resilience and happiness


A scientific gamechanger

Editing along ethical boundaries

Jessica Lin

Addressing the COVID-19 infection rate of household members

A study led by Jessica Lin, an infectious disease researcher at UNC, is addressing the COVID-19 infection rate of household members.


Lending a Helping Hand

Physician assistant studies student using 3D printing to enhance PPE during COVID-19


From the Frontlines

Wesley Burks, M.D., dean of UNC School of Medicine, vice chancellor for medical affairs and CEO of UNC Health, shares how students, faculty and researchers are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.