Roanoke College donates goggles to Carilion

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR News) – Roanoke College is making sure one Carilion hospital staff have what they need to stay safe while treating patients in this pandemic.

During the coronavirus pandemic, personal protective equipment for medical professionals has been running thin.

Doctors and nurses use masks gloves and goggles to protect themselves while treating contagious patients.

There are new goggles being used at the hospital thanks to a donation from The Roanoke College Chemistry department.

Chemistry Professor, Dr. Tim Johann says Carilion has been a big partner for them to help prepare students for careers in health care. So when they were contacted by the emergency department and asked for goggles he says they went to work to make it happen.

The chemistry department gathered 60 pairs of goggles to give to Carilion.

Dr. Johann says they can be used as an important part of the medical staff’s personal protective equipment to help keep them safe.

“I’m assuming that they are going to prevent splashes. So if someone coughs and I had these on my eyes, that would help me prevent from getting splash in my eyes,” said Dr. Johann.

“In the chemistry lab, what we use these for is to prevent something that would. You only have two eyes, and those are the only two eyes you get for your whole life. And so we use them to keep toxic chemicals or corrosive chemicals from getting in your eye.”

The goggles can be washed and reused multiple times.

Dr. Johann says he and other Roanoke College staff are looking at getting the community to make hand-sewn masks for the hospitals and other medical facilities that want them.

“So right now Carilion doesn’t want hand made materials, but there are a number of clinics and hospitals in the area that do. And so we’re looking at spinning up an effort for that. And we have a student organization that’s going to lead that effort.”

Dr. Johann says the sewn masks project is still in the early stages.

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