Nike has been working closely with health professionals at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to develop and manufacture full-face masks and powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses to protect against COVID-19.
All materials in the Nike PPE products have been repurposed from current Nike materials. Collar padding once destined for shoes is included; cords originally for apparel reconsidered; and, most important, the TPU component of the Nike Air sole has been reimagined.
Miko Enomoto, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, OHSU School of Medicine, said: “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.”
The first round of face masks were delivered to OHSU on Friday 3 April.
Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, president, Oregon Health & Science University, said: “OHSU’s mission is to support the health and well-being of all Oregonians, and we can’t do that without adequate supplies of personal protective equipment.”
“I’ve been so inspired by how our community has united to meet this health crisis. We are forever grateful to the commitment of our colleagues at Nike, as their dedication to our united effort will help save lives.”