Data from PPE Shortage Index shows U.S. still has urgent need for PPE

DEMAND

21,900,000
units of PPE requested to fill one week's worth of need in the U.S.
17,000
total requests for PPE submitted to Get Us PPE since late March

DISTRIBUTIONS

3,000,000
PPE units delivered nationally by Get Us PPE

DONATIONS

43,108
individual financial donations from those helping Get Us PPE solve the PPE shortage crisis

The PPE Shortage Index is a monthly collection of proprietary summary metrics derived from the Get Us PPE database, the largest non-governmental database of PPE shortages in the United States.

Key takeaways from the latest PPE Shortage Index

  • The total number of requests for PPE nationally increased from the month prior for the first time since April 2020.
  • 92% of requests were from non-hospital facilities.
  • 36% of long-term care facilities had no supply remaining of at least one type of PPE and at least one confirmed COVID case.
  • Get Us PPE has delivered over 3 million units of PPE, fulfilling 12% of requests. 88% of requests remain unfilled due to lack of funding and supply.
  • For the third consecutive month, over 70% of facilities were completely out of one or more types of PPE.

Get Us PPE has received over 17,000 requests for personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves, and isolation gowns. This data helps our nonprofit equitably provide donated PPE to people and organizations with greatest need while bringing awareness to the ongoing PPE shortage crisis in our country.

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Why is the United States still experiencing a PPE shortage?

1.  Most PPE on the market is not NIOSH/FDA approved.

2.  Medical-grade PPE is still hard to find, very expensive, often on backorder.

3.  Many suppliers have high minimum order quantities, leaving smaller facilities without a source of supply.

4.  Some suppliers require advance payment, but there is no guarantee that PPE will actually be delivered or meet quality standards.

hexagon map of Get Us PPE requests by state through October 2020
This map displays a breakdown by state showing where the 17,000+ PPE requests have come from since March 2020. Get Us PPE has received requests for PPE from all 50 states and some US territories.

Non-hospital facilities are still facing acute PPE shortages

The Get Us PPE Shortage Index indicates small non-hospital facilities have extreme need for personal protective equipment.

 

Chart: Total PPE Requests from Hospitals vs. Non-Hospitals, June to October 2020

*Such facilities include homeless shelters, dental clinics, nursing homes, social services, and more. Some facilities fall into more than one category, and are therefore counted once in each category.

Top 3 most requested PPE items indicates dire need for disinfecting wipes and masks

Disinfecting wipes illustrationDisinfecting Wipes

Filtering facepiece respirator (N95 respirator) illustration

N95 Masks / Filtering Facepiece Respirators

Surgical/procedure mask illustrationSurgical / Procedure Masks

PPE supply remaining data indicates urgent need

Pie chart: June 2020 PPE Supply Remaining
Pie chart: July 2020 PPE Supply Remaining
Pie chart: August 2020 PPE Supply Remaining
Pie chart: September 2020 PPE Supply Remaining
Pie chart: October 2020 PPE Supply Remaining
Pie chart legend for PPE Supply Remaining

Supply remaining of three most critical PPE types

Chart: Disinfecting wipes PPE supply remaining, September 2020

Disinfecting Wipes

Chart: Filtering facepiece respirator PPE supply remaining, September 2020

N95 Masks / Filtering Facepiece Respirators

Chart: Surgical procedure masks PPE supply remaining, September 2020

Surgical / Procedure Masks

Long-term care facilities are severely impacted by PPE shortages

Get Us PPE received numerous requests from nursing homes, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities during the last three months.

18%

of all requests were from long-term care facilities

40%

offer low or no-cost services

69%

had no supply remaining ofat least one type of PPE

36%

had no supply remaining ofat least one type of PPE and had at least one confirmed COVID case

This is the silent tragedy of the pandemic—not only that so many lives are being lost, but that we could be doing something to save them. We need to get PPE to our most vulnerable communities.”

Megan Ranney, MD, Get Us PPE Co-Founder

Schools and school nurses face PPE shortages nationwide

Due to high demand for PPE across the country, supplies in schools are dangerously low, and many types of personal protective equipment are needed.

School nurses are frontline workers and we are no further in obtaining PPE than traditional frontline workers were back in March. I feel very stuck, unprotected, and uncared for as a person and as a healthcare professional. PPE is disposable, our lives are not!”

— Certified School Nurse, PA

As part of our PPE for Schools initiative, Get Us PPE continues reaching out to school nurses, teachers, and administrators. The following data is drawn from responses to an ongoing Get Us PPE survey about PPE needs in schools. The survey responses received thus far represent a sample of schools facing PPE shortages nationwide. Preliminary results are concerning. Current PPE sources and funds are temporary, and schools have high PPE burn rates.

TYPES OF PPE NEEDED BY SCHOOLS

 

Chart: Types of PPE Requested by Schools, September 2020

SCHOOL TYPES REPRESENTED

PIe chart: School Types Represented, September 2020 PPE Shortage Data Index

We have run out of resources and need immediate access to appropriate PPE. The fact that the majority of our network schools are on the South and West Sides of Chicago, which have been hit hardest by the pandemic, heightens this need.”

— Andrew Broy, Leader of the IL Charter School Network

We donated what PPE we had to our local frontline healthcare workers when school was closed in March. Here it is, October, and we are still having a difficult time finding needed PPE for our campus school nurses.”

— Katrina Weber, Lead Nurse, TX

School Nurses are the hidden healthcare system. We have received some PPE but not nearly enough. We need supplies like the hospitals and other healthcare settings.”

— Lisa Morrison, Lead Nurse, GA

Get Us PPE helps vulnerable populations

There is a significant need for personal protective equipment in rural communities, nursing homes, homeless shelters, and other vulnerable populations. We solicit donated PPE then distribute it according to our equity framework to those who have submitted PPE requests. This ensures we deliver PPE where it is most needed.

We are a small community hospital where resources are thin and we are in for a long battle ahead. Our patients are low income, uninsured or underinsured and we cannot cut off their access to care.

Our clinic remains open as we are serving refugees and immigrants who have no access to telehealth.

We are a freestanding respiratory clinic in a small town testing for COVID-19 in this area. There are 4 of us working here 9-10 hours /day 5 days/week. We have very few supplies and are reusing supplies until they are unusable.

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