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March 24, 2020 /
Posted in: College of Science and Health, The Theatre School /
On March 21, DePaul nursing faculty and staff packed up unused simulation lab supplies, including 1,800 sterile gloves, 1,150 examination gloves, 350 biohazard bags, 200 gowns, 150 face masks and 40 face shields. DePaul’s Theatre School also donated face masks from its scene and prop shop. Biology and Health Sciences faculty donated 12,000 pairs of gloves and 50 disposable lab coats.
“Hospitals and those who are helping gravely ill patients on the front lines cannot get access to the supplies they need,” said Jennifer Wronkiewicz, assistant dean for the College of Science and Health. “We believe donating our unused personal protection equipment is the right thing to support our local community. It’s also one way to express our gratitude to DePaul’s clinical partners for their support of student learning over the years.”
“The PPE shortage is a major crisis our healthcare system is facing and that means our frontline healthcare providers are being put at risk of contracting and further spreading the coronavirus,” said Elizabeth Aquino, associate director of the DePaul Master’s Entry to Nursing Practice Program and president of the American Nurses Association in Illinois.
Aquino joined a DePaul team that organized and distributed supplies over the weekend. Other DePaul members included Karlis Butler, simulation support specialist; Susan Dawson, coordinator of clinical placements; and Desma Mitchell, adjunct faculty. Sarah Connolly, a biology and health sciences faculty member, also coordinated a donation.
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