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Can You Help Make Masks for Health Care Workers?

April 9, 2020

UnityPoint Health joins health systems across Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin in securing enough Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to meet the needs of health care providers, staff and patients during COVID-19. We are working tirelessly to obtain PPE from every channel – government, the private sector, new innovative companies and generous members of the public – to get the protective equipment that supports our patients and caregivers. The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest challenges we’ve ever faced. We’re meeting it continuing to do what we do every day: provide the best patient care possible. There are three key ways community members can get involved to support UPH during this unprecedented pandemic.

Masks

We’ve been overwhelmed by the generous offers we’ve received from the community to make masks and support us in other ways. We want to begin using these masks in areas of indirect patient care to help us preserve our supplies. UnityPoint Health is collecting handmade masks. We ask that you follow the pattern and instructions here when making masks. If you’ve already made masks using another pattern, that’s OK. We’ll take them!

IMPORTANT: UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown will provide the filter and double-sided tape to complete the masks after they are dropped off.

Fabric masks offer the benefit of being able to be washed and re-used as each healthcare worker will need to change their mask several times during their shifts, as the mask becomes soiled or damp – for maximum protection. And they don't have to be stylish – just functional. Non-matching fabrics, thread, elastics are fine. It just needs to be well sewn mask with no frayed edges or missed seams.

DOWNLOAD THE OLSON MASK PATTERN

Video Instructions

Completed Masks

  • Enclose completed masks in a closed plastic bag or closed plastic box
  • We will launder and inspect them to use so there's no need to wash before delivering
  • Please deliver to either the main hospital entrance or the emergency department entrance at UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown, 3 So. 4th Ave., during regular hours
  • There should be a form you can complete to tell us who you are and what you donated

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