Elliot Hospital nurse designs reusable, disposable gowns for healthcare workers


A nurse working at Elliot Hospital is working to make reusable and disposable gowns to help supply much needed personal protective equipment.>> Download the FREE WMUR appHeidi Kukla is an ICU nurse in Manchester and said they are running out of some PPE. She began working to manufacture the gowns at a workshop on Elm Street in Manchester. The goal is to make 28,000 gowns in one month.>> Latest coronavirus coverage from WMUR“The Elliot is currently going through 1,200 gowns a day. So, we have to try and stay ahead of that,” Kukla said.Kukla created prototypes for washable and reusable gowns which were approved by the hospital’s infection prevention department. The isolation gowns will go to help nurses at Elliot Hospital and Southern New Hampshire Medical Center.“They are the smartest most compassionate, hardworking people I have ever met, they are putting their health and the health of their families at risk,” Kukla said.The work is being done inside the AR workshop in Manchester, which is co-owned by a fellow nurse. The hospital donated the supplies.“We have six people at one time. So, we are continuing to social distance and we all wear our masks while we are in there,” said Stephanie Joyce, another ICU nurse at Elliot Hospital.Kukla and her volunteers have an assembly line going, each person has a specific job. Some of the volunteers are nurses who are not working with COVID-19 patients and wanted to do their part. You can donate to Heidi’s mission at their GoFundMe link.

A nurse working at Elliot Hospital is working to make reusable and disposable gowns to help supply much needed personal protective equipment.

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Heidi Kukla is an ICU nurse in Manchester and said they are running out of some PPE. She began working to manufacture the gowns at a workshop on Elm Street in Manchester. The goal is to make 28,000 gowns in one month.

>> Latest coronavirus coverage from WMUR

“The Elliot is currently going through 1,200 gowns a day. So, we have to try and stay ahead of that,” Kukla said.

Kukla created prototypes for washable and reusable gowns which were approved by the hospital’s infection prevention department. The isolation gowns will go to help nurses at Elliot Hospital and Southern New Hampshire Medical Center.

“They are the smartest most compassionate, hardworking people I have ever met, they are putting their health and the health of their families at risk,” Kukla said.

The work is being done inside the AR workshop in Manchester, which is co-owned by a fellow nurse. The hospital donated the supplies.

“We have six people at one time. So, we are continuing to social distance and we all wear our masks while we are in there,” said Stephanie Joyce, another ICU nurse at Elliot Hospital.

Kukla and her volunteers have an assembly line going, each person has a specific job. Some of the volunteers are nurses who are not working with COVID-19 patients and wanted to do their part.

You can donate to Heidi’s mission at their GoFundMe link.



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