Kingston HSC – KGH, Hotel Dieu – Seeks Sources of PPE Supplies

Published on: 2020/03/24 - in News

Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) – consisting of Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital, Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, and two research institutes – has issued a request to the community to help it maintain supplies of PPE (personal protective equipment).

The agency is asking to be contacted by anyone having PPE supplies – masks, gowns, hand sanitizer, face shields, etc – or who knows of organizations that KHSC can approach to attain them.

Such sources could include dentist offices – now shut down except for emergency procedures and many having overstocked N95 masks, gloves and other supplies before the pandemic reached Canada – along with construction companies, individual contractors, paint shops, and other businesses that may have a number of N95 masks and other PPE supplies.

UPDATE: According to a subsequent Whig Standard article, this is what the hospitals specifically need:

  • Masks (N95*, surgical or procedural masks)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Medical or surgical gowns
  • Tyvek suits
  • Face shields, visors and safety goggles
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Hand soap (unscented)
  • Cleaning supplies

* Expired N95 masks are being accepted to use when trying to fit medical staff masks.

Information about PPE sources in the community can be emailed to Maryanne.takala@3SO.ca.

As of this writing, the number of COVID-19 cases in Kingston has risen to 11.

Stay up-to-date with the City’s COVID-19 Precautions page and find answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 on the KFL&A Public Health’s site.


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