Personal protective equipment (PPE) is crucial for protecting front-line health care workers from infection and allowing progress under our state's Safe Start reopening plan for all of health care. The WSMA joins state leaders in urging action by our federal government to relieve the shortage of personal protective equipment in Washington state. We continue to pull every lever at our disposal to help get necessary supplies to clinics and practices throughout the state in need.
Washington PPE Purchasing Co-Op
With the heightened need for PPE due to the novel coronavirus, and the cost and shortage of reliable PPE, a public-private collaborative group of health care associations and organizations, including the WSMA, joined together to facilitate group purchasing of vetted, high quality PPE. The co-op has been working with Seattle-based vendor PPE.Exchange to facilitate its group orders. PPE.Exchange is an online PPE marketplace offering health care and front-line organizations, associations, government entities, and corporations the ability to source critical PPE and place group orders for bulk pricing. PPE.Exchange thoroughly vets suppliers and products and offers quality assurances. Learn more about the Washington PPE Purchasing Co-Op.
The Washington PPE Purchasing Co-Op may be making future group purchases if there is sufficient interest. If your practice would be interesting in joining a future group buy, please reach out to the WSMA policy department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PPE Guidance and Resources
Allocation and conservation of PPE
- Tracking and distribution of PPE in Washington state - The Washington State Coronavirus Response website provides information on the state's efforts to obtain and distribute PPE.
- Prioritization guidelines for allocation of PPE (April 29, 2020) - The Washington State Department of Health provides guidance for state and local emergency management agencies on how to prioritize the fulfillment of PPE requests to meet the needs of the response to COVID-19.
- Conservation of PPE (June 8, 2020) - The Washington State Department of Health recommends that health care facilities and EMS implement the these engineering and administrative measures to the greatest extent possible to conserve PPE.
Visit the Washington State Department of Health's Health Care Provider Resources and Recommendations page (under Personal Protective Equipment) for further guidance on PPE and to check for updates on the above guidelines and recommendations.
Other PPE information and resources
Infection control guidance