Nike creates PPE for medical professionals

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Throughout the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Sport Industry Group is using our Cutting Edge Sport section to highlight the innovations, initiatives and ingenuity of the sport industry as it aims to help solve the issue and save lives.

Nike says its innovation, manufacturing and product teams have come together to produce personal protective equipment for frontline medical staff in the form of full-face shields and powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses to protect against coronavirus infection.

In partnership with healthcare staff at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), the sportswear giant says the aim of the initiative was not just a ‘high-functioning shield’, but also one that allowed a simple model of production. Nike says staff at the university became ‘field testers’ of the prototypes and validators of the final equipment.  

“Without proper facial protection, healthcare workers are at a higher risk of contracting the virus, which could place substantial strain on the healthcare workforce in the months ahead,” says Miko Enomoto, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, OHSU School of Medicine. 

“The full-face shields help protect healthcare workers’ faces and also help to prolong the length we can safely use a surgical or N95 mask. Nike’s generous response to the COVID-19 crisis helps to instill an added layer of confidence and support for healthcare workers, that we can safely carry out the jobs we were born to do.”

The Nike version of the full-face shield transforms elements of the brand's footwear and apparel into PPE. 

According to the brand, collar padding once destined for shoes has been repurposed; cords originally earmarked for apparel reconsidered; and the TPU component of Nike Air soles have been reimagined.