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Kindergarten Class Votes to Donate Field Trip Funds to Help Healthcare Workers

By PPE Insights, Schools

In Los Angeles, California, a year spent learning about the power of kindness has paid off for a class of kindergartners at Hancock Park Elementary.  For many students in America, the Spring 2020 semester started off like any other. Christine Choi’s class of five and six-year-olds was no exception. They were tasked with raising money for a number of field trips planned for the latter half of the semester. But when COVID-19 began to spread in early March in the U.S, many schools made the difficult decision to suspend in-person classes after Spring Break, canceling group activities, including the field…

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Get Us PPE’s Dr. Megan Ranney Testifies at Congressional Briefing to Protect Frontline and Essential Workers

By Advocacy, PPE Insights, Stories From the Frontlines

By Alison Mosier-Mills, a blog contributor at On Thursday, May 21, GetUsPPE’s Dr. Megan Ranney testified before the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus. She discussed the impact of the crisis on medical staff and first responders, highlighting the urgent need for protective gear and proposing a path toward a sustainable and equitable supply chain. These priorities will be essential to providing high-quality care to Covid-19 patients while also ensuring the well-being of the frontline workers who treat them.  Across the country, hospitals have been overwhelmed by the volume of patients requiring intensive treatment for Covid-19—and many frontline healthcare workers…

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Get Us PPE Announces Publication in The Lancet on Continued Healthcare PPE Shortage in the US

By News, PPE Insights, Press Releases

– Extensive new data analysis of 6,169 facilities registered in the Demand Data Hub shows that the healthcare PPE shortage continues – BOSTON – May 14, 2020 GetUsPPE, a leading volunteer organization connecting healthcare providers with supplies of PPE (personal protective equipment), today announced an extensive new data analysis of PPE shortages, published in the May 14, 2020 issue of the authoritative medical journal The Lancet. This analysis shows that shortages of PPE continue to be a significant problem for hospitals and healthcare facilities in all areas of the United States. The study reports on data collected by GetUsPPE and…

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“Like building a boat while you’re on the ocean in a storm”: A conversation with Jo Overton of Protect Native Elders

By Advocacy, Communities in Need of PPE, Interviews, PPE Insights

Interviewed and edited by Erika Lynn-Green and Daniel Packard This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity  On the origins of Protect Native Elders          My name is Jo Overton. I am an enrolled tribal member of, what the federal government calls, the Rosebud Sioux. However, we call ourselves the Sicangu Lakota. My family continues to live on the reservation. I live in Utah. [Protect Native Elders] all started with a conversation that I had with a friend, Andi. I’m pretty sure she’s the one who introduced me to Tyrone Whitehorse. Tyrone and I were talking about doing masks….

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What is PPE?

By PPE Insights
PPE means Personal Protective Equipment and can vary depending on the environment, contagion, etc, but its purpose, in the case of COVID-19, is to protect healthcare workers from exposure to SARS-CoV2. 1N95 RespiratorsThese masks are critical to protecting healthcare workers from droplets and aerosols. There are different classes of certifications for N95 masks. These are a critical need.2Surgical MasksThese masks do not offer as much protection against airborne viruses, however they can prevent patients from spreading, as well as give lower level protection for healthcare workers not working directly with COVID-19 patients.3Protective GogglesEyes are a key area where viruses can...
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Help Ease Hospital Traffic

By Advocacy, PPE Insights

The first way to help is to stay home and practice social distancing – this is the most effective way to curb the spread. The less people that get sick, the less strain there is on the healthcare system. The CDC has published guidelines on what to do if you are sick. Here is a selection from the guidelines [SOURCE: CDC]: Stay home except to get medical care Stay home: Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public…

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