The heightened news in the media regarding the inability to get masks to protect oneself or others was unacceptable for the team at Southeastern Plastic Surgery (SPS) in Tallahassee, FL. In fact, for us it was personal. It’s about our family, our friends, our colleagues, our patients … and our community.
Amidst the plethora of DIY instructions bombarding the public, SPS medical experts knew that no real solution had been presented that would protect the most vulnerable and the front line heroes who were at high risk.
The creative idea to use existing surgical materials from our own surgical center was confirmed by the The University of Florida Health’s department of anesthesiology.
Turning our staff break room into a production room, all MDs and staff at SPS refined the prototypes to give maximum facial coverage protection.
The fabric used for the mask is from our outpatient surgical center. It is used to cover surgical trays during sterilization.
OF NOTE, these masks can be sterilized either by autoclave, UV light sterilizer, or microwave (once wire is removed) for 2-3 minutes.
There has been an overwhelming request for these masks.
These mask are not for sale.
This is our gift to our community during these unprecedented times.
Southeastern Plastic Surgery, P.A. have already fulfilled requests from TMH Cancer Center, TMH Nuclear Medicine, Advanced Urology Institute, and Southern Medical Group, to name just a few.
This exciting story of SPS giving back to the community has been featured on several news outlets. Click to read the articles: