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May 28, 2020

5/5/2020 4:10:00 PM
Student designs BVMs, teacher creates them for UHH use

If you build it.....
In the movie Field of Dreams the rest of the line was "he will come."
In Dodgeville the rest of the line is "will help many."
That is what the Bag Valve Masks (BVM) designed and built through a collaborative effort of teacher and student, will do now that they are in the hands of professionals at Upland Hills Health.
When the need for personal protective equipment came about at the local health care facility, it was teacher Tom Butusov and senior student Will Kramer who answered the call. Butusov, who teaches technical education at both the middle school and high school at Dodgeville, built the masks but it was a 3D design by Kramer that made it all possible.
Kramer, a senior, and a National Merit Scholar finalist along with classmate Elijah Gregg, designed what was turned into 20 filter systems and 200 filters that were printed and cut to fit into the Bag Valve Mask systems.
Also printed along with the filter systems were 30 ear protectors that will help relieve the pressure around the ears, making the mask more comfortable for the person wearing them. The protectors are known as "ear savers."
It was Butusov who reached out to UHH to see how the local school district could help support local healthcare workers as PPE supplies were becoming limited. The masks help meet the shortage of masks and face shields used by the hospital staff on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local business Thuli Tables also assisted with the project. The family owned business provided the elastic used to secure the mask to the face. School board member Jessica (Thuli) Wieczorek is part of that operation.
After the filter systems were assembled, sterilized and packaged Butusov took them to UHH and donated them.
Kramer has taken the project a step further. He has made his CAD files available for public use which can reach not only through the community and state but throughout the country and the world.
To access his designs check out
Will Kramer is the son of Dr. Kent and Amy Kramer, Dodgeville.

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