Saturday, March 21, 2020 Filed in: Informative
I have been reading many articles, pros and cons about fabric masks and saw the article below and decided it had a great explanation of the need and use of them. I am going to call my local doctor's office and see if they are in need and even thinking about calling Butch's veterinarian, consider contacting your healthcare providers and see if they may have a use for them. This is something we can all do, and we were made to do. It seems at this point that it will depend on where you are but please consider this. The following announcement was shared on social media and I thought this explained the potential need.
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Due to the national shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by healthcare workers and in an effort to conserve masks for healthcare workers caring for isolation patients locally, a group of McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center employees are sewing masks that can be used by healthcare workers in non-isolation situations.
CDC guidelines, found on their website, state if all other supplies are exhausted and in a state of emergency, homemade masks that meet certain criteria are acceptable.
"Historically, fabric masks were the standard in hospitals prior to the modern disposable mask," the hospital said.
All fabric masks will be sterilized and used repeatedly by staff caring for non-isolation patients, until the national shortage of PPE is over.
"If the public is interested in donating handmade masks McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center will gladly accept the masks that are made of 100% non-stretch cotton or cotton/poly blend," the hospital said. "Many variations of mask patterns can be found on the internet."
Masks that are donated will be sterilized and distributed to healthcare providers caring for non-isolation patients.
A yellow donation barrel for the masks is located at the main entrance of McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center.
There are many tutorials out there. Just google Fabric face mask and make the style that will work for your health care providers.