Urgent—medical personnel need protective equipment—can you help?
As you know, ER doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. But they are facing a critical shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE)—the protective face masks, gloves, medical gowns, and similar items that make it possible for them to do their jobs safely.
We need to keep our medical personnel safe so that they can keep our family, friends—and maybe you and me—alive.
Can you help?
If you have any of the following items, please find a way to get them into the hands of the medical professionals who desperately need them.
- PDI disinfectant wipes
- Surgical masks
- N95 masks
- Sterile, cotton-tipped swabs (specifically BD #220531)
- M3 reusable masks + N100 cartridges
- Gowns/bunny suits
- Hand sanitizer
There are several websites that you can use to let medical personnel know that you have resources you are willing to donate. Please only submit information to one donation website to avoid any possible confusion.
- The State of Illinois has a COVID-19 PPE donation page.
- So do the University of Chicago Hospitals.
- The NorthShore Hospitals Donations from the Community page is here.
- Northwestern Medicine’s donations page is here.
Please note that hospitals are only accepting donations of specific items—generally, they want factory-made, hospital-quality supplies that are still in the manufacturer’s unopened original packaging—and you should only drop off donated supplies after you have made prior arrangements with the hospital. However, guidelines differ from hospital to hospital, so please check the web page first. Hospitals are also accepting monetary and blood donations during this crisis, so if you do not have any medical items to donate, there is still a way for you to help.
I would also ask you to forward this newsletter to your own friends and family—and please ask them to forward it on to everyone they know, too. This is, literally, a matter of life and death for our medical personnel and for the people that need their help and expertise.
The COVID-19 emergency is here. Let’s do what we can. Thank you.