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Citing shortages, Deaconess Health System, including Henderson's Methodist Health, has asked the public to sew face masks for staff fighting coronavirus.
"This does follow CDC protocols that you can find on their website that if all other supplies are not available, that handmade masks that meet certain criteria are acceptable," Deaconess spokeswoman Becca Scott said.
The release with the video, pattern and instructions was posted to the Deaconess Facebook page Thursday morning and is available at www.deaconess.com/masks. A PDF of the pattern is available here and embedded at the bottom of this article.
We are welcoming fabric masks from our community as we prepare for COVID-19.
Thank you so much for your interest and care.
Orders for standard/disposable masks are on long back-orders, due to both demand and supply chain issues. Other hospitals across the country are reporting the same supply concerns.
According to the CDC, fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.
“Prior to modern disposable masks, washable fabric masks were standard use for hospitals,” said Dawn Rogers, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Patient Safety & Infection Prevention Office. “We will be able to sterilize these masks and use them repeatedly as needed. While it’s less than ideal, we want to do our best to protect our staff and patients during this pandemic.”
originally posted by: jhn7537
a reply to: kosmicjack
We would never said a Army troop out to battle without the necessary gear.. We never send police out to patrol without their gun/vest.. but for some reason, we allow nurses take the front line without PPE gear.. its a real damn shame that this is allowed to EVER happen..
originally posted by: kosmicjack
a reply to: FredT
Can you comment on whether inventories are included in pandemic response drills or readiness plans?
originally posted by: puzzled2
So some interesting facts for including using Salt in your masks.
originally posted by: OccamsRazor04
a reply to: jhn7537
The supply chain all comes from China. This is the problem we created in the 90s when we moved all manufacturing there.
My hospital was almost out of regular size masks weeks ago. My wife was lucky, she uses small. But everyone else had to use them too, so those are out now as well and the only size left is for a child.