We are humbled by the generosity of the members of our community who have asked how they can help support our staff and patients during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. With your help, together we can make thousands of differences in the lives of UChicago Medicine patients, healthcare workers, staff members and more.
Here are the ways you can help right now:
- Donate supplies
- Donate blood
- Thank a healthcare worker
- Make a financial donation
Donate PPE, Homemade Masks and Medical Supplies
Like all hospitals nationwide, we are working to ensure an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical medical supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some guidelines for individuals and businesses interested in donating these critical supplies and supporting our frontline healthcare workers and patients.
If you have medical supplies or products that are from a verifiable vendor source and in bulk quantities, please submit a supply intake form.
What equipment and medical supplies are needed most?
The supplies we most urgently need are:
- (PDI) disinfectant wipes
- Surgical masks
- N-95 masks
- Sterile, cotton-tipped swabs (specifically BD #220531)
Also needed: gowns, bunny suits, disposable face shields, boot covers, disposable gloves (any kind), M3 reusable masks + N100 cartridges, goggles, non-disposable face shields (for use with chemicals and/or machining)
Are you accepting donations of homemade fabric/cloth masks?
Yes. Members of the public may sew and donate cloth masks so that we may conserve and preserve our supplies of surgical masks and PPE for our frontline healthcare workers who need it most. Home sewers are reminded to practice social distancing, hand hygiene, and not work when sick when producing masks for donation. For fabric selection, studies show that cotton-blend masks can optimize both effectiveness and breathability to ensure people can comfortably wear them for extended periods of time. Craft supply retailer Joann Fabrics posted instructions for homemade masks.
Does the use of hand-sewn/cloth masks comply with CDC guidelines?
Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance on “Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks” and recommends optimizing the supply of PPE masks for healthcare workers and limiting use by patients.
Can individuals provide any other homemade supplies?
Yes. Hand-sewn gowns, caps and booties may also be donated.
Who should I contact with questions? How should donations be sent?
Individuals and businesses outside of the university and medical center that want to donate may contact email@example.com with questions about donations or for drop-off instructions.
Now, more than ever, our patients rely on a steady stream of blood donations at the University of Chicago Medicine.
Your health is our main priority. We are maintaining social distancing measures and are cleaning and disinfecting between donations.
Call 773-702-6247 to schedule a blood donation appointment (whole blood donation or platelets). All donors must have an appointment to enter the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) and the Blood Donation Center.
Give to the COVID-19 Response Funds
Stand behind the healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your gift to the UChicago Medicine COVID-19 Response Funds will support essential healthcare workers, patients, and families experiencing hardships as a result of this public health crisis, while also helping to provide much-needed equipment, supplies, and facilities.