PPE, and how you can help.

As many of you are aware, there is a national shortage of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment, such as gloves, gowns, masks, face shields, etc.). This shortage has impacted all healthcare providers, including hospice.

Where we stand

Arkansas Hospice is utilizing every available resource to obtain supplies from the national stockpiles, dentist offices, funeral homes, and local vendors. While the federal government has relaxed regulations for the private sector to transition to and accelerate the manufacturing of PPE, it will take several weeks before the surge in demand for these products is met.

Due to this shortage, many of you are asking how you can help with supplies you may have on hand, or for which you have a resource.

Current needs and criteria

We appreciate and thank everyone for your outpouring of kindness and help with donated supplies, however, for the safety of our patients, their families, and our employees, PPE supplies must adhere to the following criteria:

  • Supplies must be in factory sealed or closed cartons, containers or sleeves

Current needs are:

  • Surgical masks, isolation masks, fluid shield masks and N95 masks
  • Disposable isolation gowns
  • Nitrile (non-latex) exam gloves in small, medium, large and XL
  • Isolation hair bonnets (not hair nets).  Same material as an isolation gown
  • Isolation shoe covers.  Same material as an isolation gown

How to deliver

Deliveries of materials that meet this criteria can be made to an Arkansas Hospice Area Office near you.

Please label the donated supplies with your name and address, and an approximate value so that we can record your donation properly.  Your gift will be considered a gift in kind given through the Arkansas Hospice Foundation, and will be processed as quickly as possible as our Foundation staff is working remotely and practicing social distancing.

Due to our office staffing adhering to social distancing, please call in advance weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to arrange delivery and acceptance. A list of all our area offices with their contact information can be found HERE on our website.

Please DO NOT attempt to deliver these materials to our inpatient centers. Donated or sourced materials will be distributed to provide care to patients in need through our internal channels.

We are accepting donations of homemade facemasks, however, they are not a replacement for medical grade PPE used as an isolation precaution. 

Other ways you can help

If you are a supplier and have available resources, please CLICK HERE to email our PPE purchasing.

You can also provide a Gift of Kindness through our Foundation to Arkansas Hospice patients who have unique needs that are not met through traditional means. CLICK HERE.

Thank you for your help with PPE materials and providing care while protecting our patients, their families, and our employees.

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