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March 16, 2020

PPE Updates - What You Need to Know

Concerning the shortage of PPE we are experiencing across the country, here's a summary of what you need to know, including advocacy asks and how your state can request more PPE.

ACEP's Policy Statement on PPE Use
  
Position Statement on the Use of Donated or Self-Purchased PPE

Get Connected with Corporate and Private Suppliers of PPE with GetUsPPE.org

PPE Resources - Respirators

PPE Resources – Don & Doff

What You Can Do:

  • Ensure that your hospital has contacted your state health departments or emergency management agencies to know of your PPE needs.  The Strategic National Stockpile is now distributing PPE to the states.
  • Send your members of Congress an email urging them to ensure PPE is prioritized for frontline personnel. 
  • Share your state and federal advocacy efforts on social media with the hashtag #FreeThePPE and encourage others to also contact their representatives.

What ACEP Is Doing:

  • Sent letters to Congress and other policymakers with key policy changes necessary to mitigate the impact and spread of the virus in the U.S. and support emergency physicians.
  • Hosted a virtual briefing for Congressional health staffers with several WA ACEP members to help inform Congressional efforts on the issue. 
  • Sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, Alex Azar, outlining specific changes and regulatory waivers the Administration could immediately take to better protect emergency physicians, as well as areas where we want to see additional guidance - including liability immunity.
  • Working with CMS and others to ensure that telehealth provisions included in the recently passed Appropriations package in Congress will enable emergency physician use of this valuable tool during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Attending an upcoming White House meeting with Vice President Pence this week.

Get Real-Time Support:

  • The risks you take each day can take a toll on you – a reality heightened during this pandemic. ACEP members receive 3 free counseling sessions when it’s time to practice self-care.
  • Join more than 2,200 ACEP members sharing strategies and getting peer support on our COVID-19 members-only engagED community forum.
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