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What is PPE?

PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment. Healthcare workers wear specialized clothing or equipment for protection against infectious materials.

Examples of PPE: N95 masks, gloves, medical gowns, medical caps, and face shields. Most of these items are manufactured to be used only once. Reuse of PPE can unnecessarily expose our healthcare workers to COVID-19.

How are we getting PPEs to healthcare workers in NYC?

We’re raising funds to back the purchase of high quality PPEs for NYC’s healthcare community. We’ll use the funds we raise here to either purchase supplies direct with cash upfront or work with procurement offices at the city’s largest healthcare systems to source, purchase and mobilize product as quickly as possible.

We vet our factories and suppliers via procurement requirements vetted by and approved by local healthcare systems. We take the coordination, negotiation, and purchase with smaller, available manufacturers out of their hands so they can focus on their existing suppliers and bigger purchases.

Why is there limited access to PPE in the US?

This global pandemic calls for an unprecedented level of coordination across government, manufacturing and medical communities. The demand is unprecedented and overwhelming for healthcare systems and the supply chain is experiencing it’s own disruption as a result of the pandemic. Getting all these systems to speak the same language, align on needs and capacities is no easy task so while that part gets sorted, we’ll continue to bring high quality product to keep those on the frontlines safe.

How does #PPEnow work?

We are using your donations to kickstart production, cut the red tape, place orders and immediately mobilize much needed supplies including masks, gowns, goggles, and shields to healthcare workers on the frontlines of this crisis. We are donating the PPE we procure with your dollars directly to hospitals and healthcare workers across the city.

What about other places?

If we are able to successfully meet the demands of the NYC healthcare system for PPE, we will distribute any excess supply to healthcare systems across the state and country who are facing shortages as well.

Why can’t we scale up domestic US N95 production?

Despite many manufacturers rising to the challenge, the process of making N95 masks in particular isn’t easy, nor is converting existing production capacity to produce them and get them FDA approved in an expedited manner. “[Masks] require a once-obscure material called melt-blown fabric. It is an extremely fine mesh of synthetic polymer fibers that forms the critical inner filtration layer of a mask, allowing the wearer to breath while reducing the inflow of possible infectious particles.

Producing this part of the mask not only requires extremely expensive machinery but also access to raw materials that are also in high demand and are currently very difficult to procure. Even with supplies in-hand, the process for making these masks including proper certification and approvals to be used in a healthcare setting may take months. In parallel to sourcing supplies, we are also exploring alternative designs and materials, streamlining the new product development process by teeing up and prepping all parties involved and looking at expanding local and regional supply chain as needed to meet current demand.
Sources:
NPR | New York Times | New York Magazine

Who are our suppliers?

We are working with multiple suppliers in many different countries to get the best prices, fastest lead times and highest quality. Our suppliers are FDA, CE, and TUV approved as this is essential for PPEs use in any medical setting.
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Donations are made to our fiscal sponsor, Fuzhou, America, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law. We are an all volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit. 100% of your tax-deductible donations go towards purchasing and shipping personal protective equipment to healthcare workers and hospitals. To start, we’re tackling the immediate need for KN95 and N95 masks, after which we’ll quickly ramp up supply for other PPE such as gloves, gowns, and face shields.

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