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1 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 2 0 COVID-19 Create Your Own Surgical Masks Ideas Work P r a c t i c a l p e a r l s f r o m y o u r c o l l e a g u e s That W hen the coronavirus out- break caused a shortage of personal protective equipment at our hospital, we jumped at the chance to help and developed the prototype for a DIY mask made of blue wrap. After pre- senting our idea to the hospital's administration, we received their full support to set up shop in a large conference room where workers from nearly every depart- ment joined our assembly line to create the masks. Here's a video explaining the needed supplies and showing how the masks are made: osmag.net/fJEdX2. We made more than 20,655 before stopping pro- duction! Staff members wear the homemade masks over N95 respira- tors to help improve the durability of the much-needed form of pro- tection. (Check out more about our efforts on p. 20). Brady Heuer, BSN, RN, CNOR Kristen Dirksen, RN, ADN Valley View Hospital Glenwood Springs, Colo. • TEAM EFFORT Staff members from throughout Valley View Hospital volunteer to help turn blue wrap into much- needed masks. Anna Stonehouse Pictures brady.heuer@vvh.org kristen.dirksen@vvh.org

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