UA nurses take face mask design to next level for coronavirus fight

Apr 10, 2020, 8:00 AM | Updated: Apr 13, 2020, 12:40 pm

(University of Arizona Photo)...

(University of Arizona Photo)

(University of Arizona Photo)

PHOENIX – Staffers at the University of Arizona’s College of Nursing are using designing skills in addition to their health care aptitude to contribute to coronavirus relief efforts.

A trio of nurses created a make-at-home face mask pattern that has been turned into hundreds of cloth masks making their way to hospitals and fire departments, where protective virus gear has been in short supply all around the country.

Nurses Yvette Mathesen, Paige Bravo and Terry Bailey, who work in the want their alternative masks to be used to cover N95 masks or along with a shield that extends to at least the chin and both sides of the face.

“We are all in this together and it’s heartwarming to see our nurses working with community members to sew these for health-care workers who may be facing shortages amid this pandemic,” Connie Miller, chair of the school’s division of General Nursing and Health Education, said in a press release.

Quilters from the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Tucson added their expertise on the model, which took into account previous recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and also helped to make hundreds.

The masks tie in the back and unlike paper dust-protection types, cinch at the side to make for a tight fit against the face.

The cloth masks many not offer complete protection from the virus on their own, the school said, but because of the fabric ties should last longer than face coverings with elastic bands.

The group is sharing how to make the masks online.

The personal protection shortage has pushed manufacturers such as Honeywell into action. The company expects to produce more than six million N95 masks over the next year in Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Public Health Services will send the masks to health, safety and emergency response workers across the state.

The Arizona Department of Transportation recently delivered more than 2,600 of its N95 masks to two state-operated assisted care facilities.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Superstition Downtown in Phoenix is closing its doors Sunday...

Serena O'Sullivan

Popular bar, restaurant in downtown Phoenix known for its flavorful mead will shut down this week

Superstition Meadery, a bar and restaurant that serves flavorful varieties of mead, is closing its Phoenix location.

2 hours ago

A headshot of fallen Scottsdale Police Detective Ryan So overlayed on a partial map of the processi...

Funeral, procession set for fallen Scottsdale Police Detective Ryan So

Fallen Scottsdale Police Detective Ryan So will be honored Thursday morning with a procession through the city following funeral services.

2 hours ago

Center helps people with autism find jobs with business experience...

Serena O'Sullivan

New business center in Phoenix helps students, adults with autism learn job skills

Diana Diaz-Harrison with Arizona Autism Charter Schools said the business programs at a new center will help people with autism find jobs.

5 hours ago

A kitten named "Taylor Swift" was one of the 7,200 pets who received care at the Arizona Humane Soc...

Arizona Humane Society cares for 7,200 animals in first 100 days at new campus

The Arizona Humane Society (AHS) is celebrating its first 100 days at its new five-acre Rob and Melani Walton Papago Park Campus in Phoenix.

5 hours ago

Eastbound Interstate 10 will close this weekend between SR 51 and US 60, ADOT says. (Google Maps sc...

Eastbound Interstate 10 to close between SR 51 and US 60 for weekend traffic shift

Drivers should plan around a weekendlong closure of Interstate 10's eastbound lanes between State Route 51 and U.S. 60 beginning Friday.

5 hours ago

annual wildlife photo contest...

Serena O'Sullivan

Winner of new photo contest will see their work on cover of Arizona wildlife magazine

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is accepting entries for its 18th annual wildlife photo contest through 5 p.m. on Aug. 9.

6 hours ago

Sponsored Articles



Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.


DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.


Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

UA nurses take face mask design to next level for coronavirus fight