Device Details

The sip and puff mask is a PPE mask with a valve built in that enables a sip and puff straw to be inserted. This straw enables the user to activate their sip and puff device to be used without taking off their mask.

This adaption was created by Kristen Webber Lueck, the Atlanta Chapter Leader and occupational therapist at the Shepherd Center’s spinal cord injury unit.

Materials required:

  • Pre-made mask: fabric, NK95, N95 or surgical mask
  • Grommet Tool Kit: Grommet kit set includes a hole cutter, a matched mandrel, and 100 sets of grommets eyelets (each set includes 1 eyelet and 1 washer), and a storage box; Eyelets size: 2/5” (10 mm) internal hole diameter.
  • Silicone Grommets : Silicone Straw Hole Grommets with Attached Plugs; Fits a 10mm hole; Reduces a 10mm hole to an 8mm internal hole diameter.

Tools required:

  • Hammer
  • Ruler
  • Durable and flat surface
  • Eraser or similar
  • Handheld firm but yielding surface(an eraser or cardboard etc)

About the Shepherd Center

The Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions.