In May, the Arkansas Medical Society and the American Medical Association issued a survey examining member experiences and needs during COVID-19 pandemic. We were looking at levels of concern, trends in telehealth, and needs for re-opening, and what we found was not surprising.
One of the barriers to reopening focused on the ability to confidently secure PPE, and there was extreme concern about their ability to procure PPE as needed. The Arkansas Medical Society has been aware from the beginning of the pandemic that PPE procurement was difficult for clinics, so that’s why AMS committed to facilitating requests and shipping PPE around the state almost non-stop since March.
In an interview with Today’s THV 11 on June 22, AMS Executive Vice President David Wroten said, “The supply chains still have not fully opened back up. There may be some extremely large medical practices that are able to buy some product, but there’s still a big strong shortage for things like gowns and face masks.”
Since the beginning, AMS has helped over 750 medical practices and supplied over one million PPE to clinics in need. We are continuing to receive shipments of gowns, gloves, face shields, and surgical masks, and will continue to work to get physicians and their clinic staff the supplies they need so that they can take care of their patients.
We are continuing to accept PPE requests at www.arkmed.org/pperequestform. Even if you have filled out a form previosuly, submit the request again if you still need a certain item. As long as there is a need, we will continue working to deliver the PPE you need.
If you have received PPE from the Arkansas Medical Society, we’d love to hear from you. Send us your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org and you may be featured on our social media pages and in the next edition of the Journal.