Maintenance tech creates containment unit to help Houston in coronavirus fight

Baylor St. Luke's maintenance technician creates box to protect staff from COVID-19
Baylor St. Luke's maintenance technician creates box to protect staff from COVID-19

HOUSTON – Healthcare workers are many of the people on the front lines during this coronavirus pandemic, but there are many others behind the scenes making a big difference as well.

From windshield wiper motor respirators to plastic sneeze guards for grocery cashiers, people are coming up with new inventions in this fight against the coronavirus.

At Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, one maintenance tech is also pitching in.

“I feel good about coming up with something they could use and keep everybody safe,” said Wayne Zahratka, a maintenance technician at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Doctors go to maintenance worker for Help

When doctors needed help, mechanic and carpenter Wayne Zahratka was called into action.

“They kinda drew it down on a little piece of paper and said this is what we’d like to have - I kinda ran off with that,” Zahratka explained.

Zahratka created an “ACU” or Aerosol containment unit. It’s been very useful for containing virus particles during certain procedures.