25
March
2020
|
13:57 PM
America/Los_Angeles

Keck Medicine of USC asks community to donate gear to protect health care workers and patients from COVID-19 

Community members can arrange to donate supplies via email; a drop-off location will open next week on the Health Sciences Campus  

 Keck Medicine of USCis asking the community to donateprotective gear for health care workers at Keck Medicine hospitals and outpatient clinics so they have the supplies they need to protect themselves and others as they care for patients with COVID-19.   

Currently, we have adequate supplies,” saysStephanie Hall, MD,chief medical officer of Keck Medicine. “However, with the number of COVID-19 patients rising daily and with limited deliveries, we are asking for donations now so we will have enough protective gear in the coming days and weeks.”    

The health system is asking community memberswho can help with any of the items listed below to donate supplies by emailing Keck Medicine atDonateProtectiveGear@med.usc.edu.     

The health system will open a drop-off location next week on theHealth Sciences Campus. Community members can find updated information on the Keck Medicinewebsite.     

What to donate:    

New or unused:    

  • Disposable face masks  

  • N95 masks, sometimes called respirators  

  • Eye protection, including face shields and safety goggles  

  • Disposable gowns  

  • Disposable gloves, especially non-latex  

  • Disposable surgical caps  

  • Disposable foot covers

More specialized items:  

  • PAPRs (powered air-purifying respirators) and PAPR hoods  

  • Nasal testing swabs  

  • Viral testing kits  

We are grateful to be surrounded by an incredibly supportive community,” Hall says. “We want to thank community members in advance for helping protect our patients and health care workers as we face this unprecedented challenge together.”