BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Hospitals and medical facilities across the Baton Rouge area are in need of critical medical supplies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 is commonly known as the coronavirus.
As hospital beds fill with everyday patients, COVID-19 cases continue to roll in. That overwhelming demand is taking a chunk of supplies from Baton Rouge General, Our Lady of the Lake, Ochsner Medical Center, and other medical facilities in the capital area.
“Were in need of some critical things,” said Erik Showalter, president of Baton Rouge General Foundation.
The limited supply of masks, nitrile gloves, and safety goggles can pose a problem when the medical community needs them.
Baton Rouge General, Our Lady of the Lake, Lane Regional Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center, and other medical facilities are asking medical offices, dental offices, construction companies, and industrial organizations that have extra to pass them along. Officials are asking for supplies from other organizations and members of the community as well.
“This is a critical need for the community," Showalter said. “We can use those here at the hospital. We can use those at the testing center, and we are using those for caring for any type of patients that we need."
They’re also asking to check with suppliers and distributors to see if you can get those items.
Showalter says N95 masks will continue to be used by medical professionals that closely interact with COVID-19 patients. The regular surgical masks will help other staff members that work with everyday patients in the hospitals.
This dentist office normally orders about 20 boxes per week. That’s been slashed to maybe three boxes. Doctors say they donated what they could to BRG and saved a little for themselves just in case.
“For the safety of everyone,” Dr. Vutera said. “as soon as we can get everyone back to health and the city back to working, we get back to normalcy too.”
Hospitals are in need of the following items:
- Masks of any kind
- Safety goggles
- Nitrile gloves
- Hand sanitizer
Baton Rouge General - call 225-381-6005
Our Lady of the Lake - call 225-374-1756 or email Foundation@ololrmc.com to set up drop off
Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary: Contact Julie McLin at 225-658-4585
Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office - is holding a supply drive; call 225-621-8300, option 1.
“This is a critical time and the hospitals need to be able to provide safe care to their patients and protect their staff. Thank you for your help in protecting our community,” a spokesperson for BRG said.
Officials with BRG say on Thursday, March 19 the Habitat for Humanity, Performance Contractors, local dentist offices, churches, and other individuals stepped up and dropped off dozens of shipments of supplies.
However, the hospitals are still in need of more supplies.
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