Across the nation, we see hospitals stretched beyond capacity, suffering severe shortages of PPE (e.g., medical-grade masks, goggles, gowns). Long before the COVID-19 pandemic was known, Yuma Regional Medical Center had in place an extensive pandemic preparedness plan. Within that plan are stocked supplies, command center operational roles, supportive tools and more. These efforts have put us in an early position to respond quickly. We continue to look ahead to meet projected needs with a particular emphasis on Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), staffing, beds and respiratory equipment. Given that the impact of COVID-19 is worldwide, ordering in new supplies becomes increasingly difficult as everyone is in need.
While we are fortunate to have planned ahead by maintaining a stock of pandemic supplies, we also know that we must remain vigilant in our efforts to preserve.
As this wave of illness reaches its peak, we will need more PPE such as masks, gloves, face shields and gowns to care for patients.
To that note, we are also grateful for the generous donations from our community. From hand-sewn mask covers to donations of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and financial contributions, our community has come forth to support our healthcare team. We are extremely grateful to be part of a community that truly cares for one another.