Jeanne Hahne first thought of the idea for the FaceView Mask™ in 1979 while working as an RN in a burn unit because she was having trouble connecting with her patients. In 1980, while pursuing her Master’s Degree at the University of Florida, her thesis topic explored the importance of communication between the clinician and patient, which included her vision for a clear surgical face mask. Her first patent for the mask was in 1982.
Ms. Hahne was recently awarded a Phase II National Institute of Health Grant. She graduated from the University of San Francisco’s School of Nursing in 1975 and received a Masters of Nursing from the University of Florida in 1982. She has been an RN for over 43 years and worked at San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center in Ambulatory Care in the pre- and post-surgical unit for the last 30 years. She is an active volunteer, wife, mother, and former table tennis champion.
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Coronavirus Impact: San Francisco nurse creates possible solution to face mask miscommunication issue
Where We Came From:
The FaceView Mask™ has been authorized by FDA under an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) for use as source control by the general public as well as by healthcare personnel in healthcare settings as to help prevent the spread of infection or illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authorization is only for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of the emergency use of medical devices, including alternative products used as medical devices, during the COVID-19 outbreak, under section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1) unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner. This product has not been FDA cleared or approved. https://www.fda.gov/media/137121/download