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Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Wed, 27th Jan '10 8:22 PM


I am gathering supplies to send to Haiti. HOSPITAL/ CLINIC WORKERS / MEDICAL PERSONNEL / DRUG STORE EMPLOYEES / Folks who have had medical issues in the past and may have supplies lying around.

ATTENTION!!! Go through your storage/closets, cabinets. Medical personnel: go through your supplies EXPIRED SUPPLIES ARE FINE!!! I am collecting:

Urgently needed at this time are:

Over-the-Counter Medications
Children’s and adult multi-vitamins
Neosporin or triple antibiotic
HydroCortisone Ointment
Oral re-hydration salts
Cough medications
Acetamenophen (doesn’t have to be Tylenol )
Ibuprophen (generic)

Medical Supplies
(These items can also be purchased over the counter at any local drug store)
Ace bandages
Alcohol pads
Betadine wipes and sticks
Gauzes – any size
Gloves – all sizes, sterile/non-sterile
Gowns -surgical and patient (head and shoe covers, goggles, masks)
Pediatric supplies
Tape – all types

Hypertension medications
Type two-Diabetes medication
Blades – sterile only
Needles – butterfly, angio catheter
Compression stockings
Dressings – sterile and un-sterile (Coban, Tegaderm, Steri-Strip, Surgilast)
IV supplies – tubing in sterile packages only
Sponges – surgical only (includes X-ray detectable)
Surgical towels – cloth/paper
Tongue depressors
Cotton tipped applicators
Metal Plates and Casts for Broken Limbs

Please send to:
Beth Bayer
5819 S. Galvez St.
New Orleans, LA 70125

Even if you go buy a box of gloves and a packet of gauze sponges from Wallgreens, that is good enough.

SPLOOFUSERS are good folks: let's prove it.

Beth Bayer (bbear), RN, LNC

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Wed, 27th Jan '10 8:36 PM

Money contributions are also accepted through the Red Cross. I had my CPA do it for me so I'm not sure if cash is acceptable for mailing. He sent a certified bank check. Maybe the Red Cross may take the cash if taken in person(?)

M48ortal  (Level: 263.7 - Posts: 3850)
Wed, 27th Jan '10 8:53 PM

How about soap, shampoo, mouthwash etc?

Since we travel more now we have a drawer where we keep our motel samples. Although my better half laughs at me for it, I always collect the unused stuff when we check out. A friend told me they throw it out. When Katrina hit we were at a convention in Houston, so we all packed the samples up and sent them over to the astrodome.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5427)
Wed, 27th Jan '10 10:49 PM

What's your deadline, Beth?

Cujgie  (Level: 183.3 - Posts: 754)
Wed, 27th Jan '10 11:08 PM

Beth, I applaud your desire to help, but are you doing this on your own or through an agency? Everything I've read says do NOT send stuff on your own, even like clothes and foodstuffs. And why is expired stuff okay?

Now I'm hearing that Haitians want decent tents of all sizes. I hope someone coordinates that effort.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Wed, 27th Jan '10 11:16 PM

This is being coordinated through my friend Steve, who is a local administrator at the United Way. Transport is being arranged through a Methodist church in Florida. Expired stuff is absolutely fine, because supplies are only considered to be expired after a year to avoid US lawsuits. Sealed bandages, etc. remain sterile, but even so, sterility is not always the primary issue in a crisis situation.

As far as the mouthwash, shampoo and soap, I'm not sure that it's necessary now, but if you send it on down, I'll make sure it gets there at the appropriate time.

Cujgie  (Level: 183.3 - Posts: 754)
Wed, 27th Jan '10 11:29 PM

I'm not one of the oldtimers who knows you, so thank you for explaining how this effort is being put together. I did go to your profile and saw what you do for a living.

If something is open and partially used and now expired, I'm hoping you don't want that.

Again, thanks, Beth, for helping us understand your effort.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Thu, 28th Jan '10 7:00 PM

Bump. Check your closets, folks. Every had post-surgical home health and ended up with lots of wound stuff?

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5427)
Thu, 28th Jan '10 7:31 PM

Beth, still need to know a deadline for sending these things to you. When do you have to have them in your hands? That will let me know how much I can do to find things for you here. I have some things left (darn - I just threw away some meds a few weeks ago)but if there is time, I will try to collect some things from others to send you -- if there is time.

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sat, 30th Jan '10 8:22 PM

just another helpful tip

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