In response to COVID-19, our doctors, nurses and other care team members are utilizing necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) that keep them and the community safe. While we have enough masks and PPE as it stands now, we are focused on keeping up with demand. Many people want to help and we thank you for your interest.
COVID-19 is primarily spread through droplets (from coughing, sneezing, or touching an infected surface). This means that specialized equipment such as N95 masks are not recommended for use in the community or lower-risk clinic and hospital-based care. Minimizing use of N95 masks so they are available to protect patients and providers in our Emergency Rooms and Intensive Care Units is a major focus of our efforts to protect our community and our healthcare providers.
As supplies become more scarce, community-crafted PPE will be helpful in terms of limiting the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to unaffected patients and staff. Here is how you can help:
- Unused surgical masks, N95 masks, and commercial grade respirators/filters.
- Community-crafted facemasks:
There is debate as to whether these are more effective with filter material and how this may effect wearability and disinfecting. Any type of mask will be accepted but at this point it seems these are best crafted utilizing a tightly woven cotton or cotton blend material. There are many different designs available. Linked here are instructions. We recommend using 18” free straps that can be tied rather than elastic loops.
- Community-crafted faceshields:
These faceshields require a 3D printer and specialized materials but this is something that can be very helpful if you have access to the necessary components. There are a number of designs available. Currently, we feel the most practical design for patient care is from a company called Prusa “Prusa Protective Face Shield RC2” found at Prusaprinters.org.
How to Donate
For all donations please utilize a sealed box with the contents clearly labeled on the outside and the date that the box was sealed.
For more information or to coordinate donations, please contact [email protected].