Yang and her team are among more than 2,000 community volunteers who generously donated their time and sewing prowess to replace elastic straps on tens of thousands of never-used N95 respirators to help protect Tidelands Health caregivers and patients. The straps on the respirators, which are an important piece of personal protective equipment used by health care workers in the battle against COVID-19, had deteriorated while in storage since a previous public health emergency.
On Thursday, Yang dropped off the final 840 respirators of the nearly 3,000 units she and her colleagues retrofitted, bringing the health system’s N95 sewing initiative to a fitting – and extremely successful – close.
As a result of the community’s support, the health system’s supply of in-demand N95s has been extended by several weeks.
“We want everyone who participated in this effort to know how humbled and thankful we are for the help we have received– whether you were able to sew one box or dozens of them,” said Pam Maxwell, senior vice president and chief nursing officer for Tidelands Health. “To think that people would give of themselves so generously is truly heartwarming.”