When working in the Medical field avoiding diseases can be a difficult task. Most of the time the simplest and most effective health related innovations are grown from within the medical community. This would be the case for the STAL Shield, a device that attaches to a variety of commonly used medical tools, including Yankauer style suction catheters, syringes, scalpels and more.
The STAL Shield is the result of collaboration between Dr. Stephen Wheeler and Al Wickheim who saw the ability to reduce the spread of bio-hazards via a shield that is attached to a variety of medical tools and in the event of the patient expelling a bodily fluid, coughing etc, it is deflected as you can see in this video. This is not the only benefit of this invention, it also acts as a stand so that contamination is drastically reduced when the tool being used is set down or even dropped.
You can check out more about the STAL Shield on the Prodaptive Medical Innovations website.