Volunteers Are DIYing Hospital Masks From Craft Supplies Amid Shortages

With lifesaving equipment dwindling for frontline workers in the face of a pandemic, medical suppliers are ramping up production and the national stockpile is starting to distribute what they can, but for many hospitals, it’s simply not coming fast enough.

At Providence St. Joseph Health in Renton, hospital workers and volunteers alike have been gathering materials like marine-grade vinyl, foam strips, double-sided tape, and elastic bands from local craft stores to make their own personal protective equipment, starting with surgical masks and face shields.

“So these face shields offer protection from spray and splatter,” said Jennifer Bayersdorfer, Providence’s senior vice president and chief quality officer, who also volunteered to help make the equipment.

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