Masks and face shields
The UMaine-led innovation team is working directly with area hospitals to understand their needs and requirements as guidelines for masks often differ from hospital to hospital. UMaine has the research expertise and testing capacity to help validate alternative designs and assist hospitals with developing mask decontamination/sterilization protocols.
If your hospital would like help with mask decontamination/sterilization protocols, please send an email to UMSC19request@maine.edu and indicate your interest in decontamination/sterilization in the subject line.
The UMaine innovation team also is working closely with Maine hospitals and manufacturers to evaluate alternative materials and designs for masks that can be locally manufactured in the quantities needed. Currently, there are no producers of certified protective face masks for hospital use in the state of Maine, though in-state manufacturers are working to develop this capacity.
Maine has a robust manufacturing capacity for plastic face shields. The manufacturers below can supply the needed components.
Plas-Tech (Gorham): Contact Terry Webber at 207.854.8324 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Maine Source Machining (West Newfield): Contact Chad and Nicole Humphrey at 207.793.2598
Mt. Waldo Plastics (Frankfort): Contact Mike Thibodeau at 207.223.5177
Pro-Knee (Whitefield): Contact 1800.549.5018 or email@example.com
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Deer Isle): Contact James Rutter at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a request through their online form – face shields and ear savers to secure face masks available
If you are a manufacturer with capacity to respond to COVID-19-related needs, please contact John Karp of the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership at 207.841.6695 or email@example.com.
For Isolation Gowns, please contact CM Almy