Covid-19 Face Shields for Healthcare Providers

Covid-19 Face Shields for Healthcare Providers

From Carrie Watkins

Hi, I’m Emily, a Resident at Stony Brook University’s hospitals on Long Island. I’m writing asking you to help fund protective face shields for healthcare workers treating patients with Covid-19. See more info below.

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I’m Emily Watkins, MD. I’m a Resident at Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital. I’m writing asking you to help fund handmade protective face shields for healthcare providers on the frontlines of Covid-19.

Our small community hospital has been completely transformed by Covid-19. We had the first confirmed case in the County, and we have closed our In-Patient Rehab and our Detox Units to turn them into Covid Isolation Units. New patients are coming in and testing positive every day. The County currently has 1,400 confirmed cases. New York State currently has about half the cases in the country. The Doctors at Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital are at the front lines.

We must wear protective gear as we care for our patients, including eye protection. But there aren't enough goggles and face masks to go around. There’s a second crisis pending which is if we don't have protective gear, we healthcare professionals will get sick, and if we’re sick, who’s taking care of the patients? From my perspective, it has never been this dangerous to be a Doctor. Many of us fall into the “at risk” category, and we are exposing ourselves every day by caring for our patients. Our healthcare workers need adequate protection. 

Industry is not manufacturing these protective materials nearly quickly enough. 

I saw on a Doctor’s Facebook group that the community around Johns Hopkins have been hand making face shields. They have a team of volunteers building 50,000. I set out to gather the right materials to make my own, based closely on their design.

Take a look at the photos of the prototype. I used upholstery foam, hot glue, clear plastic project covers, knitted elastic straps, staples and tape.

I brought this prototype to the ER Nursing Director’s office. She said she wants 100 to start. If I can get enough funding and volunteers, I can supply these to other hospitals, as well. 

I can’t make N-95 masks, but I can make these. I can get them to hospitals faster than our current supply chain. So that’s what i'm doing. I currently have 4 volunteers and am recruiting more.

Administrative offices are too overrun for me to ask for funding from the hospital right now. I’m asking you to help me raise $1000, which should get us materials to make 1,200 masks. Will you donate? 

We’re in this together. Take care of each other. Stay safe. 

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