Bethel UMC in Charleston, SC, an HCW partner church, donated personal protective equipment and critical supplies to Mercy Hospital to protect against COVID and help in the event of a suspected patient. The church also generously provided funds to ship the equipment.
The donation that was shipped included replacement parts for three oxygenator units, face shields, face shield holders, N95 masks, and surgical gloves, as well as a large box of various medical supplies that will be shipped to the hospital at a later date.
The oxygenator replacement parts are important because suspected COVID patients often present with low oxygen levels. Mercy Hospital does not have respirators (there are only a dozen or so in the entire country), nor is it a COVID treatment centre, but an oxygenator can be used to increase oxygen levels for a suspected COVID patient until they can be transported to the treatment centre.
The face shields are considered to be better protection for the frontline health workers than just a N95 mask, as COVID enters through mucous membranes, specifically nose, mouth and eyes. If you would like to support HCW's COVID relief efforts, please donate here.