With non-essential surgeries canceled for the immediate future at local hospitals, nurses are finding creative ways to use their time. Operating room nurses at Redmond Regional Medical Center are putting their sewing skills to use making masks to distribute in the community.
“We have six OR nurses that are all seamstresses. They all know patients and families in the community that have cancer, congestive heart failure or diabetes…those that are at high risk for coronavirus. They all need masks, so they decided to start sewing some to distribute,” says Andrea Pitts, director of Marketing at Redmond. “They are using the sterilized surgical wrap that come around our surgical equipment. They usually save it for folk to use on medical missions, but thought it would make great material for masks.”
The nurses created a Facebook group ‘Mask Makers‘ with patterns and details for anyone who wants to help make masks for friends, family or medical community (first responders, EMS, police, etc). The nurses plan to donate additional masks to local nursing homes and first responders. The Stitchery in Rome created a ‘how-to’ video as well (see link below).