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USF Health team earns recognition from Mayor of Tampa
















Since the start of COVID-19 pandemic, USF Health has been at the forefront of research and collaboration to help curb the pandemic.  One of the best examples is when the USF Health radiology department developed a 3D printed swab that greatly impacted the ability to test patients for COVID-19. For making a difference in the lives of their community and the country, the USF Health 3D swab team has now earned one of 19 COVID-19 Heroes of Tampa Bay Award from City of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor.

“We are very humbled by this recognition of our efforts and grateful for this incredible opportunity that we’ve had to help the medical school, hospitals, university and rest of the country,” said Summer Decker, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Radiology and director of 3D Clinical Applications at USF Health.

The nasal swab made national headlines in late March when it was announced that USF Health, Formlabs, Northwell Health and Tampa General Hospital had successfully designed and started using a 3D nasal swab.  The primary purpose of the swab was to address the emergency shortages that hospitals and health care teams faced as the demand for COVID-19 testing increased.

Dr. Decker and her team, along with Northwell Health, were able to develop a tested protype that performed equally to the standard swabs within two weeks.  As of March, USF Health has produced more than 50,000 swabs for its patients and affiliates.

Dr. Decker and her team were recognized by Mayor Castor in a virtual ceremony July 21.

Previous article: https://hscweb3.hsc.usf.edu/blog/2020/05/26/usf-patented-3d-nasal-swab-is-being-used-the-world-over-to-help-in-covid-19-testing/