Whitney Young Health clinical staff have been working long hours under stressful conditions to continue to provide quality healthcare to our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to protect themselves and their patients, the providers must wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times, including protective gloves and facemasks.
The constant wearing of masks, however, can become uncomfortable as the loops of the masks that go around the ears often rub, causing chafing and soreness.
After seeing a Facebook post about “ear-saving” headbands with buttons sewn on either side to hook the loops of a mask around, Jenna and Karen, who work at the Albany Health Center decided to make some of these simple but clever items for staff.
Although initially they only made a few of the special hairbands due to a scarcity of buttons and bands, they were a big success with those who wore them. Now that Amazon has delivered the crafting supplies needed, Jenna plans on making one for each of the nurses, plus a few extras for any other providers who might need them.