Durham, Wake Tech donating medical supplies to Triangle hospitals to aid in COVID-19 efforts

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham Technical Community College and Wake Technical Community College donated medical supplies to Triangle hospitals Wednesday to support the hospitals’ efforts pertaining to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The equipment as well as a supply of disinfectant, soap, wipes, and sanitizer will be donated to Wake Med Health and Hospitals, Duke University Hospital, UNC Rex Healthcare, and Transitions Life Care.

The supplies include more than 75,000 gloves, more than 3,000 masks, and hundreds of bottles of sanitizer. Also included were bulk quantities of gowns and protective eyewear amounting to more than 3,000 individual supplies.

The equipment comes from several Wake Tech programs, including nursing, dental hygiene, emergency medical science, as well as criminal justice, skilled trades, fine arts, and the BioNetwork Capstone Center.

For Durham Tech, supplies came from various areas of the Health and Wellness department: Anesthesia Technology, Associate Degree Nursing, Medical Assisting, Nurse Aide, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Pharmacy Technology, Practical Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Surgical Technology. The school has not yet made their donations to local hospitals.

“The faculty were able to respond quickly, pulling supplies and doing inventory in less than two days’ time. It was an incredible effort,” Melissa Oakley Ockert, Durham Tech’s Dean of Health and Wellness, said.

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