Personal protective equipment supply

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Division of Public Health Information Update

Personal protective equipment supply 

This bulletin is being sent to subscribers of the DQA Notifications and Updates list, and to key DPH staff. It is also being distributed to Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition coordinators.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has been notified of the extremely limited supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) that will be distributed to Wisconsin. The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will provide DHS with 48-hour notice as to when these supplies will be arriving, but as of this time no such notice has been received.

  • As a requirement to receive any SNS resources, hospitals are required to use EMResource to update their hospital status on a daily basis (by 9 a.m).
  • The stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) coming to Wisconsin is extremely limited. It consists of extremely small numbers of: N95 respirators, surgical masks, face shields, gowns, coveralls, and gloves. 
  • Hospitals should be optimizing current inventories of PPE per the CDC guidance. 
  • Hospitals will be notified via EMResource and WHA when supplies become available. The order form and instructions will be posted on the DHS Outbreak page.