Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike has announced an effort with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to create full-face shields and powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses in an effort to protect health care workers against COVID-19.
Both the face-shield and PAPR lenses were a collaborative effort between Nike’s Innovation Team in Oregon and its Air Manufacturing (Air MI) facility in Missouri, which were able to deliver the first shipment of donated items to OHSU on April 3, 2020.
Adding a twist, the materials Nike uses to manufacture the equipment were sourced from the brand’s current supply chain. According to a Nike press release, “Collar padding once destined for shoes is repurposed; cords originally earmarked for apparel reconsidered; and, most important, the TPU component of a Nike signature, the Nike Air soles, reimagined.”
Commenting on the effort, Miko Enomoto, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at OHSU School of Medicine stated, “Without proper facial protection, healthcare workers are at a higher risk of contracting the virus, which could place substantial strain on the healthcare workforce in the months ahead. The full-face shields help protect healthcare workers’ faces and also help to prolong the length we can safely use a surgical or N95 mask. Nike’s generous response to the COVID-19 crisis helps to instill an added layer of confidence and support for healthcare workers, that we can safely carry out the jobs we were born to do.”
In addition to OHSU, Nike is also donating the shields and PAPR lens to health centers located throughout Oregon, including Providence, Legacy Health Systems and Kaiser Permanente, among others.