Covid PPE

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign teams designing and providing Personal Protective Equipment to healthcare facilities.

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Face Shield
Bioengineering senior, Kyle Ritchie demonstrating the face shield.

There is a global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers as they combat COVID-19. Three weeks ago, a group launched an effort to provide gowns, masks, face shields, and N95 respirators—responding to this urgent need to protect people on the front-line. A face shield design is now available via a creative commons license, and face shields are being built for local hospitals. A communitywide effort to sew and prepare gowns and masks has been launched. And development of an N95 respirator is underway. The project is led by the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s Health Maker Lab and The Grainger College of Engineering, and it includes dozens of experts from across campus and Champaign-Urbana.

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 for our donors who supported this initiative:

The Aref Family
Octavian Cheung
Michelle Corlew
Chris and Gozen Hartman
JUMP Simulation ARCHES

 The Larson Family
Kara Demirjian Huss and Mark Huss
Dr. Frank Shi and Mrs. Sharon Du
Jeff and McKenzie Sloan
Min Tang and  Xiaolei Zu
Drina and To Yue

Busey Bank


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"One of the more revolutionary devices being developed by one their teams is a reusable N95 respiratory mask. The hope is to combat the nationwide shortage. From the onset of the pandemic, the masks have been hard to come by. But thanks to funding from Jump and the university, a solution is being developed. Lisa Bievenue, director of Informatics Programs, says the mask they are designing resembles something often found in commercial painting."


N-95 side-view design