Community contributions secure protective equipment for Gundersen staff

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Contributions to Gundersen Medical Foundation secured protective equipment for Gundersen staff.

Twenty six powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) was funded through community donations to Gundersen Medical Foundation to be used at Gundersen locations where needed most, especially in emergency settings where care is delivered before a COVID-19 screening.

PAPRs keep healthcare workers safe by filtering contaminated air and providing purified air. Staff is able to reuse and share the respirator after it’s sanitized, allowing Gundersen to conserve PPE for frontline workers, said Bridget Pfaff, specialist, Infection Control.

“The reusable equipment donated by our benevolent community, will allow our staff to readily provide exceptional, compassionate care for all our patients, while evaluating and caring for a diverse array of patients and symptoms in Emergency and Urgent Care, now and well into the future,” said Chris Eberlein, MD, Emergency Medicine.

The equipment allows our staff in other areas to continue vital patient care, like skin cancer screenings in Dermatology, and can be used by those providing long-term care in skilled nursing facilities, Pfaff said.

“Our community is an extension of our healthcare team. When our staff has resources and equipment they might not otherwise have access to because of the generosity of others, I hope they feel they are not alone in this fight, that they are seen and that they are appreciated,” said Mandy Nogle, philanthropy director, Gundersen Medical Foundation. “The purchase of the PAPRs is just one way the power of philanthropy is making a difference for many.”