MakerLab Covid-19 Response Team

MakerLab Covid-19 Response Team Find updates about our Makerlab's COVID-19 Response Team project, our project needs, and how we can support our community.
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Mercy Regional Medical Center
06/17/2020

Mercy Regional Medical Center

During the last few months our communities have pulled together in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are incredibly grateful for the influx of donated supplies and support.

We would like to send a special thank you to the volunteers at the Durango PowerHouse Science Center’s Maker Lab. These volunteers have supplied Mercy Regional Medical Center, Mercy Hospice House and Mercy’s physician practices with:
😷3,101 hand-sewn face masks
👩‍⚕️133 durable gowns
👨‍🔬100 face shields
❤️20 powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR)
👍285 miscellaneous sewn goods (surgical caps, headbands)

We want to thank these volunteers for their efforts and dedication to ensuring the safety of our patients and staff!

Powerhouse Science Center
05/19/2020

Powerhouse Science Center

You can still don your mask and bask in the sun. Don't stop now. Let's keep the curve flat. Do it for our healthcare workers and the 600+ volunteers who have been working day and night to make and deliver PPE to the Four Corners front lines. Don't make them do it again; they're tired!

Powerhouse Science Center
05/12/2020

Powerhouse Science Center

The Four Corners is still seeing a rise in COVID cases in some communities more than others and the Powerhouse MakerLab is still hard at work to fill their PPE and PAPR needs! We have figured out the air filter supply issue and are now back in PAPR production. Thank you volunteers for your passion and tenacity.

Check out the KSUT interview with Michelle Reott, one of the Four Corners Rapid Response Sewing Team Leaders at the Powe...
04/29/2020

Check out the KSUT interview with Michelle Reott, one of the Four Corners Rapid Response Sewing Team Leaders at the Powerhouse MarkerLab, at 2Pm TODAY: https://www.ksut.org/…/sewing-team-provides-thousands-masks…BIG shout out to the 300+ volunteers who are the Four Corners Rapid Response sewing team! Over 8,000 face masks, headbands, caps, and gowns sewn to date. Much gratitude to the sewing team leaders: Michelle, Pat, Sarah, Susan, Celia, Paula, Patty, LeeAnn, and Julie!

Thank you Four Corners community, 450 + donors, and 600+ volunteers for saving lives through rapid PPE design and fabric...
04/27/2020

Thank you Four Corners community, 450 + donors, and 600+ volunteers for saving lives through rapid PPE design and fabrication!

While our doors to the Powerhouse interactive science center gallery are closed, our MakerLab and community of 600+ volu...
04/24/2020

While our doors to the Powerhouse interactive science center gallery are closed, our MakerLab and community of 600+ volunteers have been hard at work sparking new innovations, and likely, a new partner organization, to help our region's healthcare system and patients. The Powerhouse Maker Lab is now, in the short term, a hub for volunteers sourcing, developing, and producing PPE for our health care community. We’ve begun delivering plastic face shields that help preserve the life of N95 masks, hand-sewn gowns that can be sanitized and reused, and cloth masks and caps.

The most incredible progress in the past few weeks has been the power of volunteers from across the Four Corners and the entire country to design and develop a personal air powered respirator (PAPR) unit. Hospitals consider this the gold standard for protecting staff from infection, but commercial units are expensive, unavailable in the near-term, and reliant on disposable elements (face shields, hoods) that are also unavailable when we need them most. As far as we can tell, the Powerhouse Maker Lab + community volunteers, is the only group in the country who have a functioning design for a PAPR that can be assembled from supplies mostly sourced from Home Depot!

Clarification in regards to a post on 4/9 from Indivisible DurangoA message from the MakerLab at The PowerhouseOver the ...
04/12/2020
Four Corners COVID-19 Response Team

Clarification in regards to a post on 4/9 from Indivisible Durango
A message from the MakerLab at The Powerhouse

Over the past two weeks we have been working with over 600 volunteers to deliver a variety of personal protective equipment (PPE) to area healthcare workers and other frontline responders. There is a nation-wide shortage of traditional PPE. Understanding medical supply shortages, we have focused our efforts on solutions that rely on resources from alternate (non-N95) supply chains. We are manufacturing face shields using flexible plastic and acrylic, gowns out of Tyvek-style house wrap, masks and caps from fabric, and powered respirators from materials secured from hardware stores and electronics suppliers. None of these active projects require N95 material, which is understandably in short supply and we have not purchased any N95 material for this work.

One immediate and tangible way you can support this project? Donate:
https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/makerlab-covid-19-response-team

The Powerhouse, COVID-19, and the Rise of the Makers The healthcare system across the country has been challenged by a novel virus that exhibits a unique combination of contagiousness, morbidity, and the unknown. Hospitals and other frontline providers find themselves without sufficient personal pro...

04/07/2020

Local community members have been coming together to build medical supplies for local healthcare workers. https://bit.ly/2JLPZUt

In 10 days the MakerLab Covid-19 Response Team has reverse engineered and produced 51 positive air pressure regulator su...
04/06/2020

In 10 days the MakerLab Covid-19 Response Team has reverse engineered and produced 51 positive air pressure regulator suits with 3 hoods each for regional medical personnel with a small local supply chain and volunteer group, including Home Depot and Fort Lewis College, regional healthcare professionals, and dedicated volunteers including a team of over 100 at-home sewing pros. We feel amazing that we could do this and can’t thank everyone enough for support and funding. FILES WILL BE READY TO RELEASED IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. PLEASE SEND US A MESSAGE TO GET ON THE FILE RELEASE EMAIL =)

04/01/2020

The maker lab in Durango Colorado had a successful medical supply drive to help keep the workers safe that are making protective gear for frontline healthcare workers. If you wanna volunteer fill out the following formIf you wanna volunteer fill out the following form: https://tinyurl.com/uhpdkf6

04/01/2020
CNN Replay

Doctor's plea for PPE in NYC......more specifically PAPR units!!!! He was asked...

" what is the proper protective equipment that every clinician needs right now?"

He said, "Google PPE in itally and China and compare it to PPE in America......we need head to toe tyvek bunny suits.... Astronaut suits... .we need PAPR units....a hood with a shield over my face and things that filter out the air"

We have been told from the facilities that we are helping, that because of our efforts (the team down at the MakerLab in Durango Colorado), our local hospitals will be the most well equipped hospitals in the nation, as far as protecting our healthcare providers! It is not easy, and the dedication of this team to work around the clock (sometimes sleeping on the floor at the shop for an hour or two) to produce exactly what our healthcare providers need to stay healthy, and DONATING them to our local hospitals is; selfless, honorable, admirable and truely amazing! I am so proud of these guys and so honored to be a part of this team!

Together we stand strong.....together we can make a difference! Keep up the great work guys!!!!

Alyssa Buescher
MakerLab Covid-19 Community Response Team

New York City is now the epicenter of America’s largest coronavirus outbreak. We spent one week following the journey of emergency room physician Dr. Calvin Sun, who explains how dire the situation has become on the front lines of this crisis. In hospitals across New York City, there is a severe shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), which is essential to keeping hospital workers like himself safe. With the number of cases continuing to rise across the city, he explains what is needed now in order to bring some relief.

04/01/2020
Ultrasteam Professional Cleaning & Restoration Services Inc.

How to wear a mask from our good friends at Ultrasteam Professional Cleaning & Restoration Services Inc.

Did you know there’s a right way to wear a mask? And a procedure called a “fit test” to use when you’re putting one on...

Huge thanks to our volunteer  Chiara Aromoso for helping me with the supply drive!  A half-hour left.....please come see...
03/31/2020

Huge thanks to our volunteer Chiara Aromoso for helping me with the supply drive! A half-hour left.....please come see us (from the comfort of your own car) and bring us some of the supplies.

03/31/2020

One hour left of the MakerLab Covid-19 Community Response Team supply drive!!!
We need supplies to continue production!!!!

03/30/2020

Huge developments in the fight against COVID-19 and the support of our undersupplied healthcare workers. Please share this with a friend.

A fab lab - Durango Telegraph
03/28/2020
A fab lab - Durango Telegraph

A fab lab - Durango Telegraph

Ryan Finnigan works in the MakerLab circa 2017. The lab and an army of more than 100 volunteers and health-care professionals are teaming up to supply the local medical community with much-needed facemasks and other safety gear./ Photo by Jennaye Derge

VOLUNTEER HERE!https://forms.gle/6epNvDr33YJJ1EuK6
03/28/2020
MakerLab COVID19 Volunteer Form

VOLUNTEER HERE!
https://forms.gle/6epNvDr33YJJ1EuK6

This form is to collect volunteer information related to the Durango, CO MakerLab COVID19 response efforts with the goal of supporting the Durango and the Four Corners area healthcare professionals and their patients. Any personal or contact information collected will be visible to MakerLab Council....

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I couldn't be more excited about this project. It's truly a revolutionary way of "democratizing" the process of philanthropy and helping our community. My buddy Matt Taylor pulled together an amazing team and they worked their tails off to put this system together. A true testament to the spirit of Durango and how we can all work together as a community to help each other through these tough times. AidtoAll is an online platform and it gives us a way to get ‘or' give financial assistance to anyone impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. It launched this week, so If you need help, go to AidtoAll.org and apply online. If you can help, go to AidtoAll.org to donate. If you want to pitch in and spread the word, go to AidtoAll.org to find out how. https://www.aidtoall.org/ https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=920680368418262
I think we inspired a whole new generation of PPE inventors. But what's a PARSP!? Watch and find out. Cutest thing ever. This is my niece and nephew.
Wow! These factory workers lived in the factory for a month to create polypropylene to protect US PPE supply chains.
The Sewing Team at MakerLab plans to make NoSew FaceMasks that will be FREE to the public and you can help! What can you do? Donate t-shirts. Or Create t-shirt masks. No sewing required! Interested? Contact Sarah at [email protected] for more information We are all in this together!
JPW has plastic welders, a computerized box stitcher, And a compurteized cutter system with a drag knife and a pizza wheel. Let us know if we could help. contact jack [email protected]
Please scroll through some of the information about our Maker Lab. It was up and running in no time. Bright minds and curiosity have led to all kinds of equipment, PPE's and they are still looking for new innovations. Little Durango is taking the bull by the horns and moving ahead. Volunteer or donate, it is a great team. I am coordinating drivers and deliveries.
Amazing R&D work being done by Norbert Bukowski, one of our amazing MakerLab inventor crew. It's a "bridge" ventilator. We'll test it later this week.
Does anyone know if there is an actual need for these? And if so, how to get them distributed? https://www.facebook.com/hebby2u/posts/10156905641747377
Goals? What do you say Durango? Do we got this?