A local community group seeks volunteers to make personal protective equipment (PPE), to be donated to Guam’s healthcare professionals, first responders, and others at high risk of contracting Covid-19.
The group, PPE for Guam, particularly seeks volunteers with sewing experience, or any volunteer with a 3D printer. In collaboration with Guam Memorial Hospital, Guam Regional Medical City, the Office of Civil Defense, local 3D-printing firm Gudwood, and the University of Guam, PPE for Guam recently developed DIY plans for sewn face masks and 3D-printed face shields that can be made at home, and which are preferred by local medical professionals.
These DIY PPE will be utilized should traditional PPE run out. According to an article published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, hospitals nationwide are already reporting a worrisome shortage of PPE, including masks and face shields. The consequences can be dire: