Nike Helps Protect Frontline Healthcare Workers

Sportswear giant Nike repurposed material from its footwear and apparel lines to create protective equipment for healthcare workers

Nike’s innovation, manufacturing and product teams have come together to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the form of full-face shields and powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses that are urgently needed to protect frontline healthcare workers against the coronavirus. Working closely with the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Nike has now produced full face shields and air-purifying respirator lenses crafted with components originally intended for its footwear and apparel lines. Parts such as collar padding for sneakers or cords for clothing has been repurposed. To that end, Nike has also utilized the TPU—thermoplactic polyurethan—materials from the brand’s signature Air sole units.

“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, M.D., 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 first shipment of donated equipment has already been sent and Nike will continue to seek ways to further support the courageous healthcare workers in their tireless effort in these extraordinary times.