Nike announced yesterday that it has transformed its facilities to help combat COVID-19 by creating PPE which includes face shields and powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses.
With advice and first-hand testing from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Nike sought to recreate the PPE that the hospital was already using with its own technology and resources. The result was a face shield that's a collaborative effort between Nike AMI facilities in Oregon and Missouri and TPU lenses for PAPR helmets. Nike's St. Charles, Missouri AMI facility has decades of experience with TPU and is adapting to current needs. The face shield uses re-purposed collar padding that was meant for sneakers and combines it with cords that were meant for apparel and TPU from Nike Air soles.
Miko Enomoto, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at OHSU School of Medicine had this to say:
"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 shipment was donated to OHSU last week and both pieces of PPE will be donated to Nike's World HQ region around the state of Oregon moving forward. Nike joins brands like New Balance and Chrome Hearts in providing PPE in the fight against COVID-19.