Nike Unveils PPE Face Shields For Healthcare Workers
Working with the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Nike have produced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the form of full-face shields and powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses to protect against COVID-19.
‘When OHSU shared its current face shield, finding a way to reproduce the equipment with Nike-owned materials and manufacturing facilities became an immediate goal’, explains Nike in an official press release.
‘The aim was not just a high-functioning shield, but also one that allowed a simple model of production. OHSU’s healthcare workers instantly became field testers of the prototypes and validators of the final equipment.’
Nike’s face shields borrow elements from the brand’s footwear and apparel. Collar padding for sneakers is repurposed; cords originally used for apparel reconsidered; and the TPU component of a Nike Air sole has been re-imagined.
‘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,’ says Miko Enomoto, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, OHSU School of Medicine.
‘Nike’s generous response to the COVID-19 crisis helps to instil an added layer of confidence and support for healthcare workers, that we can safely carry out the jobs we were born to do.’
The PAPR lenses and full-face shields will be provided to health systems in Nike’s World Headquarters region, including Providence, Legacy Health Systems and Kaiser Permanente, and others across the state of Oregon.