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Nebraska Innovation Studio, 2020.
Nebraska Innovation Studio coordinating army of makers for personal protective equipment (PPE) projects.
While assembling up to 1,800 face shields (https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/nebraska-umakers- step-up-to-equip-healers/) a day, staff at Nebraska Innovation Studio (https://innovationstudio.unl.edu/nebraska-innovation-studio) are also assisting coordination of an army of community workers and volunteers to make more personal protective equipment, namely gowns for first responders and fabric masks for essential workers.
After the success of the face shield project, Innovation Studio staff started fielding requests for new projects — chief among them: protective gowns for first responders.
“The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department heard about the (face shield) project and reached out to us asking if we would be willing to produce gowns for first responders, meaning the fire departments and emergency management technicians (EMTs), and possibly expand to hospitals and clinics,” Jerry Reif, studio manager, said.