To help protect Delaware’s health care workers, ChristianaCare is opening a collection site to receive donations of medical supplies from the community from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.,Wednesday, March 25 through Friday, March 27 at 110 W. Market Street in Newport, DE.
One of the biggest issues is that healthcare providers don’t have enough equipment and supplies to meet the growing number of positive cases. In an NBC News survey of 250 health care workers, more and more are becoming fearful for the first time in the careers, as healthcare workers around the country run out of critical medical supplies and personal protective equipment to not only treat patients, but also protect themselves.
‘This system is doomed’:Doctors, nurses sound off in NBC News coronavirus survey where more than 250 health care workers responded to a social media survey seeking first-person accounts from those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
The survey was pushed out on social media about access to personal protective equipment (PPE), a broad term for the gear, such as masks, glasses, gowns and respirators, donned by health care workers to protect against the transmission of germs.
According to NBC News, “Nearly all who responded said there were shortages of PPE in the hospitals, outpatient clinics and offices where they worked. Many reported being forced to ration or reuse supplies, including surgical and N95 masks, for fear of running out. Many also said they were facing shortages of basic sanitary supplies, including hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.”
This is a serious issue and it’s getting worst everyday as the number of positive cases increases around the nation.
The following unused items are needed:
• All types of unused and protective face masks, especially N95 masks.
• Protective suits and medical scrubs.
• Goggles, safety glasses and face shields.
• Cleaning and sterilizing solutions and wipes.
• Medical gloves.
• Digital and disposable thermometers.
• Hand sanitizers.
ChristianaCare is requesting donations of these items from business or community members who have supplies that they do not currently need. Members of the community are not being asked to purchase new items for donation. However, monetary donations can be made online to support the effort.
Important instructions: To keep volunteers and donors safe, people bringing donations should pack the items into the trunk of their car and pull into the donation line. Please leave windows up and do not get out of your car. A volunteer will unload the items. All people at the site are advised to practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet apart. Anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms should not come to this donation site.
Thank you to our community partners, Delaware business leaders Richard Piednak and Dave Tiberi, as well as other local businesses and members of the community.