Curbell Plastics Virginia Provides Material to Physicians for Peace Burn Victim Training Program

PETG film is used to fabricate reconstructive facemasks for burn victims in Latin America

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Beth Summers
Curbell Plastics, Inc.
716-667-3377 x7439

Orchard Park, NY, October 31, 2017 – Orchard Park-based Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s premier suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film, adhesives, sealants, and prototyping materials, recently made a donation of materials to Physicians for Peace, a non-profit organization that works to strengthen delivery of surgical care to alleviate suffering and transform lives in under-resourced communities around the world.

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Therapists from Popayan and Medellin, Columbia cut the outer edge of the burn mask they fabricated from the mold of a patient’s face.

Physicians for Peace contacted Curbell Plastics to purchase CAB, a clear, flexible plastic sheet for use by their International Medical Educators to train local burn care professionals in Columbia. Curbell’s Virginia location reviewed the request and offered to donate an alternate material, VIVAK® PETG, they felt was a better fit for the O&P application. VIVAK® PETG meets FDA requirements for food contact and ANSI Z87.1 (Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices) requirements which the CAB sheet did not.

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A therapist places the face mask on a patient adjusting the harness to fit snuggly. Masks keep skin soft and flat during the burn healing process and are worn 18-20 hours a day for 6-24 months until the scars are no longer changing.

Healthcare professionals in Latin American often deal with patients who have been disfigured by acid attacks that can be prevalent in that area of the world. The material was used to demonstrate fabrication of facemasks typically used in the rehabilitation phase for burn victims.

According to Scott Vitello, Inside Sales Manager for Curbell Plastics in Virginia, “When we learned that the material would be used for training medical professionals who work closely with those who are dealing with horrible disfiguration, we knew we wanted to help. We decided that a donation, rather than a sale, would be more appropriate and provided an upgraded material that we believed would be a better fit for their needs. As a company that also values training, this was an especially good fit for Curbell.”

According to Karen LeRette, Director of Development for Physicians for Peace, “We are a small but mighty organization working to bring medical training to health care professionals in the Dominican Republic, Malawi, Latin America, and the Caribbean. While we are small, we make a big impact and we are thankful for Curbell Plastics’ generous donation.”

Curbell Plastics, Inc. strategy of investing for the long term and focusing on customer needs has led the organization to grow from a small machine shop to one of the nation’s leading suppliers of plastic materials serving commercial and industrial customers since 1942. Curbell not only supplies plastic materials in nearly every form for thousands of commercial businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies but also provides innovative services, creative problem solving, and next-day delivery. Curbell Plastics has ISO 9001 certification for nine of their locations and corporate headquarters as well as ITAR and EAR compliance. A subsidiary of Curbell, Inc., Curbell Plastics is a privately held company with a 75-year history headquartered in Orchard Park, New York.