IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) -- University of Iowa Health Care leaders are putting out an urgent request for businesses and individuals to donate new or used protective face shields.
Hosptial staff will use the face shields to keep employees safe and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“These protective shields are extremely effective — especially for our staff who cannot always maintain a six-foot social distance when interacting with patients, visitors, and colleagues,” says UI Hospitals & Clinics CEO Suresh Gunasekaran, MBA. “There is a national shortage, and we need to secure an adequate supply for our needs now and in the future.”
As of right now, UI Hospitals and Clinics have a supply of face shields for staff who provide patient care or screenings at hospital entrances. However, employees who interact with patients, visitors and coworkers could also use them.
UI Health Care is asking for lightweight and adjustable face shields that can fit securely to the user's head, with a shield area that extends below the chin.
To donate protective face shields or other personal protective equipment, also known as PPE, visit the uihc.org/kind-donations.
People, companies or organizations can also call Concierge Services at 319-356-1900 or 319-678-5500 to drop-off/pick-up.
The In-Kind Donations website is updated with current needs and guidelines for all in-kind donations to UI Hospitals & Clinics.
The hospital is directing those who wish to donate their time to the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties’ Emergency Volunteer Center, which maintains a matching database for volunteer needs and opportunities.