University Hospitals Working With Volunteers To Sew Surgical Masks

The COVID-19 pandemic has created shortages of personal protective equipment worldwide. University Hospitals is working diligently and innovatively to assure we have the supplies necessary to continue to safely and effectively care for our patients, while protecting our caregivers.

Anticipating the short supply of surgical masks, UH has designed a uniform mask prototype that can be sewn by volunteers. This is a proactive way to assure the protection of our caregivers and patients under the most extreme situations. UH Parma Medical Center will be a drop-off point for these masks.

UH will continue to follow CDC guidelines for the use of personal protective equipment. Masks sewn by volunteers are not intended for direct use with patients who have or are suspected of having COVID-19. It’s important for volunteers to follow the UH-specific design. 

CJ Sheppard

Senior Communications Strategist, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 2:47 PM, 04.01.2020