Personal Protective Equipment
The Arkansas Medical Society is working diligently to get personal protective equipment into the hands of medical clinics around the state. In March, Governor Asa Hutchinson allocated $75 million dollars for the purchase of PPE and ventilators for health care professionals and first responders treating COVID-19, and AMS was instrumental in securing a portion of these purchases for medical clinics, who are on the front lines of this pandemic.
5/6 – Clinics that have requested help in getting PPE are being notified of a new shipment of face shields and 3-ply masks. As more product becomes available, AMS is having to adapt to new ways of getting the products delivered.
Moving forward, clinics in the Little Rock and surrounding counties are being asked to pick up their supply at the AMS office. Clinics outside of central Arkansas have the option of picking up in person or AMS will ship by mail, with the clinic paying only for the cost of postage.
PPE Vendors at Arkansasready.com
The Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force has created a new website for resources and information on COVID-19. They have created a listing of PPE resources, as well as a list of PPE vendors in Arkansas. To view that information, visit arkansasready.com/ppe.
Below are other PPE vendors that you could reach out to for supplies. We will add vendors as they become available. The Arkansas Medical Society does not purchase PPE.
The Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) of the American Hospital Association is vetting non-traditional suppliers offering PPE supplies. You can browse by PPE, other suppliers, test kits, swabs, or services, and all vendors meet several metrics for satisfaction.
Arkansas Department of Health Launches Free N95 Decontamination Program
5/5 – Over the past few weeks, the Arkansas Department of Health has been working with State and Federal departments, industry partners, and healthcare facilities to bring the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System™ to Arkansas. This is a self-contained, mobile decontamination system that uses vapor phase hydrogen peroxide (VPHP) to decontaminate N95 respirator masks.
PPE Request for Arkansas Clinics and Practices
The Governor has announced plans to make large purchases over the next few weeks and a portion of those purchases will be set aside for our medical clinics.
If your practice does not have PPE and you have been unable to get it through your normal purchasing channels, we may be able to help. However, please understand that supplies will continue to be limited until the supply chains can catch up with the demand. We understand that some PPE suppliers are beginning to get product shipments and you should check with them before contacting AMS.
PLEASE SUBMIT ONLY ONE FORM PER CLINIC.
AMS will compile the information and will be working with the Arkansas Department of Health and Department of Emergency Management to fulfill the requests as supplies become available.Because these supplies will continue to be limited, priority areas will receive PPE first. These areas will likely include counties and/or cities with existing or growing COVID-19 cases. We will be working diligently to get everyone PPE who is in need, but we ask for your patience as we may not be able to fill every request.
PPE Extended Use
4/3 – Due to the shortage of PPE, the Arkansas Department of Health has issued some guidance on extended use and limited reuse of PPE for heatlhcare workers. Click the link below to read the full document.