Month: April 2020

Snorkel Kits Help Doctors Get Through PPE Shortage

A nonprofit is adapting full-face snorkel masks for doctors to use in the absence of FDA-approved personal protective equipment.   Transcript: NOEL KING, HOST: Many doctors and nurses still don’t have enough personal protective equipment, so they are improvising – wearing cloth masks or 3D-printed face shields or snorkels. ALEX STONE: So I had a …

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MasksOn.org Making Protective Gear from Snorkel Masks

Physicians unite to produce 70,000 masks. MasksOn.org, a physician-led non-profit organization founded to design, manufacture and donate high-quality emergency PPE for healthcare workers, launched a funding drive on April 21 to raise an additional $3 million over the next two weeks. The group’s Reusable Mask Kit is a durable and sanitizable emergency PPE made by …

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Utah Company Pivots From Snorkels To Personal Protection Equipment

DRAPER, Utah – After hitting record lows in sales, a Utah company has found success after finding their snorkels could be converted to N95 masks. When outdoor adventure came to halt because of the coronavirus pandemic, outdoor retailer Wildhorn Outfitters in Draper got innovative. “In order to preserve the business and provide a path forward, …

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Local businesses pivot to medical supplies for fight against COVID-19

Local businesses in Massachusetts are pivoting resources, equipment and their core missions to contribute to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration recently started a new initiative and $10 million in funding to support manufacturers’ efforts to pivot production operations to produce personal protective equipment and other critical devices, such as ventilators, …

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Weekly Update! (4-14-20)

We’ve made tremendous progress at MasksOn.org in the past seven days. We are transitioning from the prototyping phase of the project into full-scale production, and we’ve had several important milestones towards the scalable manufacture and distribution of thousands of MasksOn.org’s Reusable Mask Kits. These include: Developing a rigorous test suite mirroring the standard FDA and …

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Hospitals Don’t Have Enough Medical Supplies to Fight COVID-19

Groups are raising funds to send healthcare workers masks, gloves, and gowns. Donate here if you have the means. It’s incredibly overwhelming to decide where to focus our efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, staying at home saves lives, but it’s impossible not to think about the healthcare workers who are being forced to interact …

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