On April 2, Yale Medicine acquired a big donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) from a Chinese firm and a gaggle of Yale parents. The tools are essential to the battle in opposition to the COVID-19 pandemic and come at a time the place the provide is within the highest demand.
Greater than 7,750 KN95 face masks had been donated by AMT Consulting in Shanghai, China, with 14,000 extra masks arriving over the following couple weeks. Sixteen containers of hazmat fits (108 units) had been donated by the Yale Chinese Parent Club as well as, 2,000 surgical masks are being donated by Chinese staff and households at Boehringer Ingelheim, Danbury Chinese Alliance Church, and West Connecticut Chinese Community.
After studying about Yale’s PPE scarcity, Jiankan Guo, Ph.D., an analysis scientist inside Yale School of Medicine’s (YSM) Part of Nephrology contacted Gary V. Desir, MD, Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine, Yale Medicine board chair, and chair of the Internal Medicine, to see how he may assist.
Guo partnered with Zhenzhen Wu, Steve Xu, Shanshan Zeng, and Jason Zhao, to guide a KN95/N95 drive with greater than 170 native Chinese volunteers to solicit PPE donations in each Connecticut and China.
Desir additionally teamed with Lisa Lattanza, MD, chair of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, to arrange collections and donations to extend the availability of PPE. Lattanza has been working with native suppliers throughout the Northeast to save extra robes and masks for physicians at websites throughout Yale-New Haven Health.
Along with his position at YSM, Guo serves as the present President of the Chinese Association of Science and Technology, Connecticut Chapter.