One of the ways we can help them is by taking inventory of what personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies we have and donating any excess to our local hospitals or emergency management agencies.
Last week, I loaded up my car and took my excess gloves and masks to my local hospital here in Columbus.
And I know many other dentists and local dental societies have done the same. You all make me so proud of my profession!
Here is a picture of ODA Past President Dr. Mike Halasz and Dayton Dental Society President-elect Dr. Eric Gallatin delivering excess PPE that was donated from Dayton Dental Society member dentists to their local hospital.
If you haven’t already done so, please consider doing the same. As hospitals prepare to deal with the projected surge of coronavirus cases, now is the right time to donate your excess PPE, including masks, gloves, face shields, gowns, etc.
You can donate excess PPE to your local hospital or you can contact your local emergency management agency to find out who in your area is accepting PPE donations. The list of EMAs sorted by county can be found by clicking here
The ODA is keeping a running total of PPE donations from the dental profession, so please let us know what you donate by clicking here to fill out a survey by April 27.
Our efforts to treat dental emergencies are keeping people out of hospital ERs at this critical time. By delaying elective and non-essential procedures – at great financial sacrifice to ourselves – we have limited potential exposure to coronavirus and preserved PPE. And now by donating your excess PPE you will be doing our health care colleagues and the citizens of Ohio another great service. Thank you.
Sharon K. Parsons, DDS
Ohio Dental Association