(WXYZ) — Many people are being asked to lay off on purchasing masks, as supplies run low for hospitals and other medical professions.
Instead, you can be resourceful and make a homemade mask with items you may already have around the house.
Henry Ford Health System staff devised a creative solution to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) currently affecting hospitals across the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Follow along with Henry Ford Allegiance Health Specialists Mariah Foster and Chantell Krage as they show you ways to construct homemade face masks and eye protection.[embedded content]
Some of the materials that comprise these PPE items include nylon jersey fabric, elastic bands, Velcro, tongue depressors and air filter material. The hospital says these are short-term fixes to a temporary shortage.
“We hope to replenish our stock of regularly produced masks as quickly as possible,” Dr. Dulchavsky said. “Because we use thousands of masks every day in a healthcare environment, we plan to ramp up to making 500-1,000 of these masks daily at hospitals throughout our system to bridge the brief gap between now and when we receive our regular masks.”
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