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Personal Protective Equipment in a Time of Coronavirus

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have the coronavirus. Or at the very least we would have protective personal equipment (PPE) for everyone who needed it to protect them from COVID-19. This is particularly true for our health care workers, first responders, etc. Listed below is a collection of materials and links for those interested in PPE. We know FDA approved materials are probably better than most homegrown materials. Having said that, homegrown materials are probably better than nothing at all. Please contact me (rferdig @ kent DOT edu) to add more to this list.

Please note: these links and materials are not mine. I do not guarantee these, nor do I suggest these meet medical standards. You are at your own risk for using these materials, as shared by the producers of this content. All materials, particularly face masks, require scientific testing (e.g., fit tests). I am simply posting links to other people’s materials to support anyone interested in this call to action. See the legal disclaimer below.

  1. COVID-PPE Production Team – Kent State University
  2. SEWN MASKS
    • Perhaps the most exciting news to come out of this front recently was the announcement that University of Florida doctors had discovered that using Halyard H600 was useful for sewn masks that seem to do as well as (if not better than) n95 masks. These Halyard H600 inserts could be made into their own masks or theoretically also used in 3d printed masks OR in hand sewn masks with pockets.
    • UC Irvine physicians and local fabric cutting business team up to produce new type of mask (LA Times)
    • 3D Printed Mask Frame “CEG Extreme” (High Filtration with Halyard H600) – Chris Wiles
    • People Protecting Each-other Sustainably (PPEs)
      • Andrew Snyder and Heidi Weisel
      • “A sustainably-sourced facemask-creating project to protect our medical staff and first responders during the outbreak of COVID-19.”
      • PPEs Handbook and Sewing Plan
    • Properly donning and doffing personal protective equipment PPE – Andrew Snyder
    • General sewing instructions for cloth PPEs with pockets
  3. 3D PRINTED MATERIALS
  4. OPEN RETROFITS
    • Pensa Labs/Wake Forest – COVID-19 Initiative of Bending Face Masks (Website)
    • Simple to Produce N95 Equivalent BVM/Anesthesia Mask using Halyard H600 Surgical Wrap (Youtube)
    • Open Source Ventilator Project Website (University of Florida)
  5. SEWN GOWNS
  6. PRESS RELEASES AND RELATED INFO/LINKS

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

These technologies should NOT be used as replacements for conventional and approved Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”). All technologies highlighted on this page are simply provided links given in an effort to share information in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unless otherwise noted, these technologies have not been industry tested, have not been NIOSH approved, have not been otherwise certified to provide any level of personal protection, and have not been FDA cleared.

THESE TECHNOLOGIES ARE EXPERIMENTAL IN NATURE. BY INCLUDING THESE LINKS, THE AUTHORS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS AND EXTENDS NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. THERE ARE NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR THAT THE USE OF THESE TECHNOLOGIES WILL NOT INFRINGE ANY PATENT, COPYRIGHT, TRADEMARK, OR OTHER PROPRIETARY RIGHTS.

IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THESE TECHNOLOGIES, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

YOU SHALL HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY THE AUTHORS AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS BROUGHT AGAINST THE AUTHORS ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THESE TECHNOLOGIES.

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