The College’s contributions of protective gloves and N95 respirator masks will help
local Philadelphia healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients.
In the wake of COVID-19, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is doing its part to respond
to the needs of local healthcare systems by donating its supplies of personal protective
equipment (PPE) to those on the front lines of the pandemic. Across the country, there
has been a shortage of PPE, putting healthcare workers at increased risk of contracting
the disease. These contributions will help to ensure that local healthcare workers
have the supplies they need to treat patients safely.
“These supplies come from our clinical learning and assessment center (CLAC) and division of research here on campus,” said Patrick Wolf, MBA, chief occupational and environmental safety
officer at PCOM. “While students would usually don this personal protective equipment
in preparation for their hands-on learning, we felt it was vitally important to get
these resources to the people who would need them most, the health systems in our
community that will be facing this pandemic head on,” continued Mr. Wolf.
To date, PCOM has donated surgical gowns, protective latex and nitrile gloves, sterile
tubes, sterile pipettes and N95 respirator masks. N95 respirator masks, in particular,
are important for healthcare professionals as they conform to the face of the person
wearing them. When worn properly, these masks ensure the person wearing them is not
breathing contaminated air. Due to increased demand, there has been a national shortage
of N95 respirators.
PCOM has also donated prepared viral transport medium (VTM) that's required for testing
for COVID-19 as well as a pump that's required to complete the process.
Donations have been made to Main Line Health System, Suburban Medical Center, Einstein
Hospital, Roxborough Memorial Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center.
About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in
applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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