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Washington Hospital Workers Make Masks from Office Supplies

By Cathy Jakicic Emergency Preparedness
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Hospital workers in Washington state have been making protective medical gear out of office supplies and materials as they deal with a severe shortage of equipment needed to care for patients who may have Covid-19, according to Bloomberg.

Among the office supplies used: clear vinyl sheets.

“We are very close to being out of face shields,” said the executive director of infection prevention at Providence St. Joseph Health, a 51-hospital system. 

To buy time, Providence infection control and quality experts designed prototype face-shields with off-the-shelf materials: marine-grade vinyl, industrial tape, foam and elastic.

Cathryn Jakicic is healthcare industries editor of For more information on hospital campuses and other medical facilities, click here.


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