PSA: Making Your Own Reusable Elastomeric Respirator For Use During Covid-19 Viral Pandemic N95 Shortage

Please share. This shortage issue is NONSENSE.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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10 Responses

  1. sylvia says:

    Please ask the students to post this on youtube.
    Then we can all send people there who need to see it .

    thank you for doing this, here’s hoping someone will listen

  2. Stefan Grenvik, MD says:

    I wear glasses which would not work well with this device.

  3. Nick says:

    We have already created this same mask concept with an HME at our department of Anesthesia last week. Developed by Anesthesiologists!

  4. Harrietta Christodoulos says:

    Seems like a great idea!

  5. Sociologist says:

    Perhaps it is reusable, but making it and disinfecting it between patients /groups is hardly practicable for the already overworked healthcare workers who ALL need MULTIPLE masks YESTERDAY.

    This may be of use in smaller, rural communities, who are not yet inundated. Clever, but a teacup from the ocean, will not solve the problems in LA, Chicago, New York.

    • Tyler says:

      The problem is not efficiency, the problem is we are burning through disposable N95s and cannot get more. N95s should not be reused in the healthcare setting and cannot be disinfected in-between patients.
      – Seasoned Respiratory Therapist.

  6. HJR says:

    This is great. Improvise and conquer.

  7. Dick Carlson says:

    Wish I worked in a hospital and had access to these parts.

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