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Nike develops, donates PPE for Oregon health care workers

09 Apr '20
1 min read
Pic: OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff
Pic: OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff

Nike is developing and donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to help support health care workers in Oregon state in the United States fighting COVID-19. On April 3, Nike delivered its first shipment of full-face shields and powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) frontline workers.

Miko Enomoto, associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine, offered Nike medical advice and prototype testing to develop the PPE.

According to Enomoto, face shields and PAPR lenses are among the most depleted of critical PPE supplies in the United States.

“Nike’s generous response to the COVID-19 crisis helps to instill an added layer of confidence and support for health care workers, that we can safely carry out the jobs we were born to do,” he was quoted as saying by an OHSU press release.

Nike’s custom PPE uses and reimagines elements, such as collar padding and cords, used in existing footwear and apparel designs. A thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), familiar to signature Nike Air soles, is a major component in both the full-face shield and PAPR lenses.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)

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