Calling on all Life Sciences & Healthcare Organizations to Donate Supplies to Fight COVID-19
As the leading life sciences and healthcare organizations in the world, it’s incumbent upon all of us to do everything we can to address the COVID-19 pandemic and aid the first responders and healthcare providers who are putting their health on the line every day to help patients. To that end, we’re launching the Massachusetts Life Sciences Emergency SupplyHub to help coordinate efforts to try and bring additional supplies and resources to our state’s healthcare institutions so they can continue to test and treat patients with COVID-19.
We’re asking every life sciences and healthcare organization to consider how they may be able to help, specifically in donating personal protection equipment (PPE), lab, testing, or diagnostics supplies, to combat COVID-19.
The State has set up a portal for anyone seeking to donate supplies.
This information will be shared directly with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) who are coordinating all donations and working directly with the Department of Public Health to triage all requests for supplies.
In addition, if you are looking to sell supplies to the state, please fill out this separate form. Those who are interested in adapting your business to produce PPE, please reach out to the Manufacturing Emergency Response Team.
Lastly, if you are a healthcare facility seeking supplies, please follow the guidance issued by the state.
Please join us in helping to ensure healthcare institutions across the Commonwealth have what they need to continue this fight.
Robert K. Coughlin, President & CEO, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio)
Steve Walsh, President & CEO, Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association (MHA)
Brian Johnson, President, Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC)
Patricia McMullin, Executive Director, Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals (COBTH)
What kind of supplies are you looking for?
We’re asking for PPE like face masks, goggles, gloves, sanitizer, and respirators; hospital supplies like ventilators, thermometers, and stretchers; lab and diagnostics supplies like swabs and virus kits; and professional resources like lab technicians, nurses, and physicians. You can find the full list of supplies above.
What is the greatest need right now in terms of supplies?
The greatest need right now is for PPE, including:
- Surgical/procedure masks
- N95/N99 masks (respirators)
- Face masks with integrated shield
- Protective suits/gowns
- Booties / shoe covers
- Head covers
- Hand sanitizer
- Sanitizing wipes
How does this work? Should companies drop off supplies or will they be picked up?
Can we direct where our donated supplies end up?
The state, through their existing process, is providing supplies to healthcare providers based on level of need.
Can you tell us where our supplies end up?
No. Donated supplies go into the state’s stockpile and are distributed based on the state’s existing process.
Will the state accept expired products?
They are handling all on a case-by-case basis.
What is the decontamination process for donated equipment?
The state will work with you to evaluate the equipment, its condition, and what’s necessary from a decontamination perspective.
Do you expect this to have a big impact for hospitals?
We hope that this will help with hospitals’ immediate needs, especially in terms of PPE, but that all depends on how many companies step up to donate.
How can companies get in touch to share information about what they can donate?
The State has set up a portal for anyone seeking to donate supplies. This information will be shared directly with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) who are coordinating all donations and working directly with the Department of Public Health to triage all requests for supplies.
How should healthcare providers request supplies?
If you are a healthcare provider seeking supplies – PPE or otherwise – please submit all requests via the channels shown on the illustrative diagram created by the state. The Commonwealth will coordinate your requests. For hospitals, nursing homes, community health centers, emergency medical services, local public health, and other health facilities, this means to request or report PPE shortages to your regional Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition (HMCC).
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released "Guidance on Prioritization of PPE in MA". In the near term, given current supplies, PPE will be prioritized for medical facilities on the front lines.
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Emergency SupplyHub is a facilitator of information to state government regarding donated supplies and requests for supplies. We do not have any supplies to give and are not directly connecting donations & requests for supplies. All information we receive is routed through MEMA and DPH to be included in their existing process for distributing supplies to healthcare providers as outlined above.