The American Hospital Association is working to get protective gear to the nation’s frontline caregivers in the battle with coronavirus/COVID-19. If you (or someone you know) has access to the manufacturing capacity handy, please consider sharing this information to speed manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE).
“The most immediate thing we need is personal protective equipment — the masks, the gowns, the goggles…to protect our health care heroes who are on the front lines.” — Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA.
Individuals, organizations and manufacturers may be of help. All interested can apply at the 100 Million Mask Challenge.
Details from AHA:
The first priority of our nation’s hospitals and health systems is to ensure the safety and well-being of our caregivers on the front line. We have seen the hospital field come together in amazing ways, rising to the challenge of this crisis and providing care to our communities.
The demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) has created a severe shortage of PPE across the world. The supply cannot keep up with the demand.
Providence and the Challenge
Providence, headquartered in Washington State, launched the 100 Million Mask Challenge and has seen a tremendous outpouring of support from individuals, community organizations and local manufacturers. Support has come in the form of donations for supplies, as well as through an important collaboration with Kaas Tailored. Kaas is a local furniture manufacturer that has stepped in to produce much needed personal protective equipment for caregivers, as well as developing and sharing design specs to aid others manufactures.
Just as we have seen our field come together, we are delighted by the collective desire of manufacturers, the business community and the many individuals across the country who have expressed a desire to help rapidly produce surgical masks and face shields on a large scale for health care workers.
The American Hospital Association will now bring the initiative to scale across the country, facilitating new relationships between providers in need of surgical masks and manufacturers with the capacity to produce them. In recognition that shortages are much greater nationwide the AHA-led initiative will, over time, expand its scope to meet the growing and ongoing challenges.
“Our health care heroes on the front lines have an immediate need for personal protective equipment, and we have to push on all cylinders to get these items produced and into the field,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA. “The Challenge builds on the incredible efforts of Providence to bring this call to action to the entire nation.”
Complete details online: https://www.aha.org/100millionmasks.