Nurse designs customized PPE inspired by Teletubbies and Power Rangers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 20) — An Iloilo-based nurse and designer says his improvised hazmat suits out of characters from '90s shows aim to help his fellow frontliners live out their childhood and spread positivity to others amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Adrian Pe, a nurse from The Medical City Iloilo, used his passion to come up with improvised personal protective equipment (PPE) inspired by cartoon characters of Teletubbies and Power Rangers.

Using fabric in red, green, yellow, purple, and other colors, Pe's fellow frontliners get to "live out their childhood" by channeling their favorite characters.

His designs have been doing the rounds in social media over the past weeks, with health workers donning colorful hazmat suits while taking care of COVID-19 patients.

"I correlate it with our modern day heroes, our frontliners," he told CNN Philippines' New Day.

"I chose the Teletubbies because it gives frontliners not only the protection but the positive vibe, and Power Rangers to inspire workers to live out their childhood superheroes," Pe said.

Pe added that different groups and volunteers have reached out to help in the production of improvised protective gear. Aside from his sewers and seamstresses, his colleagues have also been helping out in finishing the suits themselves in their hospital.

He noted that sewers usually finish six to eight suits in a day. In the hospital, they can finish four to five suits. Pictures showed health workers hand sewing the suits.

In a span of three weeks, Pe's team was able to distribute more than 600 suits already.

"In general, all frontliners and nurses, they are risking their lives and also their families' lives as well," said Pe.

"Some say they want to wear [certain colors]. It makes me happy to see them wearing these," he added.

Fashion designers across the country have previously joined forces to make protective suits customized for medical workers.

The Office of the Vice President has also been coordinating with some of them for the local production of PPE sets after getting a medical expert's approval on a prototype intended for direct and critical exposure to COVID-19 patients. It is not clear if Pe's design also has medical expert approval.

The Philippines has 6,259 COVID-19 cases to date, with 572 recoveries and 409 deaths.

The Department of Health said last Friday that more than 700 doctors, nurses, and health workers have so far contracted the disease.