Surgical Hats for COVID ICU RNs

Hello!

Due to the overwhelming use of PPE across many hospitals in NYC and now the US, there is a limited supply. Many of my female as well as male colleagues are looking for a studier way of protecting the top of our head while taking care of COIVD19 patients.

Often we are given surgical bouffants: 47443918_1587056371504457_r.jpeg
Which are cheap & easy, but they're just that... cheap. A study by the American College of Surgeons had found that "the bouffant hats had greater permeability" to airborne particulates than cloth material.*

So! That's where this idea of getting cloth surgical caps made to securely stay on our heads and cover our hair comes in. I fortunately have a family member who is a costume designer and can make these rather easily and at cost/shipping, roughly $15/per hat.  She can get these out to me in a rapid fashion. 

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Re-usable, washable and longer lasting. This will be a test run to see the durability and we can expand at a later date if need be. Thank you for the time reading this message. Stay safe and healthy! 

Support your frontline workers!!

Best,

Jenna
ICU RN

*American College of Surgeons. "Cloth caps more effective than disposable caps at preventing contamination in the OR: Surgeon's skullcaps and bouffant caps evaluated in environmental tests during mock operations, with cloth skullcaps showing minimal airborne contamination." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 October 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171026085809.htm >.

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