Temple University Health System issued a call for N95 masks, gowns, gloves, hand sanitizer and other items today in light of nationwide shortages of personal protective equipment for health care workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If have any of the following and would like to donate them to Temple, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate,” TUHS wrote in a tweet. “Thank you for your support.”
TUHS has begun a “targeted appeal” for donated equipment from existing suppliers and health care providers, wrote Jeremy Walter, a spokesperson for the health system, in an email to The Temple News. TUHS is also asking state and federal agencies and legislators to release protective gear from emergency stockpiles, Walter wrote.
“Maintaining sufficient quantities of personal protection equipment (PPE) is vitally important and we are pursuing multiple channels to increase our supply of masks, gloves, testing swabs, and chemical reagents needed to conduct COVID-19 testing,” he wrote.
Across the nation, doctors and nurses are dealing with a dire shortage of masks, gowns and other protective materials necessary when treating patients with COVID-19, the New York Times reported. Hospitals in Pennsylvania have already begun to ration gear in expectation of a surge in cases, Spotlight PA reported.
There are 128 cases of COVID-19 in Philadelphia and 644 in Pennsylvania, The Temple News reported.