NEW JERSEY – As COVID-19 began to emerge overseas, our care teams immediately set about ensuring that our facilities were prepared – readying negative pressure isolation rooms, taking stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) and reviewing all training and protocols related to treating severe respiratory illnesses and other infectious diseases. Our expert clinicians regularly care for patients with severe respiratory illnesses and other infectious diseases and are ready to meet this challenge, hospital officials said.
As this global pandemic begins to see a rise in our communities, the number of community members who are seeking care at our facilities for symptoms related to COVID-19 is growing, and we believe this number will continue to increase dramatically in the days and weeks ahead. As such, there is an increased need for the personal protective equipment required to ensure the safety of our health care professionals and allow them to provide extraordinary care to our patients. Atlantic Health System caregivers are keenly aware of the importance of this equipment and are incredible stewards of our current limited resources.
As you may have seen in recent news, there is a great demand for this personal protective equipment, particularly respirator and surgical masks, as both domestic and international suppliers struggle to meet the growing worldwide need.
To ensure we are ready for any eventuality, we are proactively exploring innovative ways to obtain additional supplies. We are reaching out in search of community partners who may have personal protective equipment that they might share with Atlantic Health System during this challenging time.
There are two ways in which you can help Atlantic Health:
1. Provide the following personal protective equipment:
- N95 Masks
- Eye Protectors
- Sterile Gowns
- Surgical Gloves
- Regular Masks
2. Provide Atlantic Health with alternative respirators that OSHA has given permission to use in health care during this historic pandemic. Alternative OSHA approved respirators: Other types of acceptable respirators include: a R/P95, N/R/P99, or N/R/P100 filtering facepiece respirator; an air-purifying elastomeric (e.g., half-face or full-face) respirator with appropriate filters or cartridges; powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) with high-efficiency particulate arrestance (HEPA) filter; or supplied air respirator (SAR)
“Keeping our health care personnel safe and working enables us to take care of our communities. Atlantic Health System stands ready to care for the communities we serve and know that at times like these, our community comes together in extraordinary ways,” hospital officials said.
For more information or to arrange a donation of supplies, email COVIDDonations@atlantichealth.org.