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Your Donation is Needed: Personal Protective Equipment

Sunday, March 22, 2020  
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Dear colleagues,

As we continue to fight COVID-19 as a nation, our colleagues on the front lines of this pandemic urgently need our help.

To be able to care for COVID-19 patients without compromising their own health, the health of their families, and without passing the infection to others, healthcare workers need adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). But right now, respirators, surgical masks, gloves, and other essential supplies are in dangerously short supply in many hospitals, particularly in metropolitan centers.

Now is the time for AACS to demonstrate our leadership by donating PPE. I urge you to read the list of what is needed below and to give all that you can. Regarding where to donate, you can contact your local hospital or any of the organizations I have listed below. I also ask that you share your donations on your social media using the hashtags #GetMePPE and #AACSCares. Sharing will encourage others in the medical community to follow your lead and donate.

Also, please email our Executive Director Colleen Nolan with a list of what you are donating so that she can help us to measure AACS's total supportive effort.

Your generosity could save lives and the time to act is now.

Sincerely,

Mark Mandell-Brown, MD
President, AACS

What is Needed

Respirators
N95 respirators most common in healthcare. They are in critically short supply. However, some other respirators are just as, if not more, protective. Any of these respirators will protect healthcare workers:

  • Filtering facepiece respirators: N95, N99, N100, P95, P99, P100
  • Elastomeric half-face or full-face respirators with P100 filters
  • Half-face or full-face powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR) with high-efficiency particulate filters
  • Loose-fitting hood or helmet PAPRs with a high-efficiency particulate filters

List of common Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Gloves (neoprene, vinyl, and nitrile)
  • Aprons
  • Long-sleeved gowns
  • Eye goggles
  • Face visors
  • Disposable shoe covers

Where to Donate

The website Donate PPE is aggregating donations needed by a variety of hospitals in several states. It provides both the PPE that a medical facility is requesting and the specific drop-off procedures of those facilities.

PPE Link, a site set up by scientists, engineers and medical professionals across the U.S., is seeking donations through a form on its website. The volunteers said they will match donors and requests based on location, supplies and delivery/pickup capability and then connect them to coordinate a transfer.

A number of university medical centers are collecting donations, including the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Association of American Universities is keeping an updated list of universities seeking donations here.

The state of Oregon is collecting PPE through its government website. According to the site, the PPE will be inspected, inventoried, and distributed throughout the state to medical professionals working with COVID-19 patients. It can be dropped off in-person or sent through the mail.

The state of Washington is also collecting through its website. The state is focusing on bulk donations to fill the highest needs first and advises individuals with smaller donations to contact your local emergency management agency. Seattle Children's is also accepting donations.

Businesses interested in selling PPE to New York state can contact the governor's office directly through its website.

The County of Santa Clara Health System is accepting donations at its office in San Jose, California. It will distribute donated supplies to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Hospital & Clinics, O'Connor Hospital, St. Louise Regional Hospital, Santa Clara County Public Health Department and other affiliated agencies.

Local communities are holding PPE drives for people to drop-off donations. Colorado House Majority Leader Alec Garnett is hosting a drive Sunday at the Broncos Stadium in Denver to support the state's healthcare workers.

Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts said that PPE donations can be dropped off 24/7 with public safety officials at the main entrances of Cambridge, Everett and Somerville Hospitals. Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston is also seeking donations on its website.

A group of volunteers called the Seattle Mask Brigade are working to pick up N-95 masks in-person to donate to Seattle-area healthcare and social service professionals. To donate unused masks, you can fill out a form on its website.

A group of volunteers is coordinating the collection and delivery of PPE in the Bay Area. Volunteer drivers will pick up equipment from donors and deliver it directly to local hospitals and clinics. People looking to donate can fill out this form.

San Mateo County is seeking donations on its website to assist local health care providers and health care facilities in California.