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As part of National Critical Care Awareness Month in May, the Society of Critical Care Medicine highlighted members of the critical care community who are giving back in all kinds of ways.
Use National Critical Care Awareness Month to recognize the many heroes in the critical care community. Share a pic and thank them on Twitter! #BlueICU
The Johns Hopkins Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) joined relief efforts by opening a donation list via a special account set up on Amazon.com. SCCM called on the critical care community to help collect nonmedical pediatric supplies, such as diapers, baby soap, diaper rash creams, bottles, baby clothes, baby food, and formula. Upon hearing this request for help, the Johns Hopkins pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) leapt into action.
Word quickly spread through the PICU community. SCCM member Siddhartha Dante, MD, alerted faculty and fellows to this request and the message spread through the entire department. Many donated via the donation list, and a donation fund was also started at the PICU, which quickly raised over $500 dollars.
The message also spread to Twitter, where there is a growing #PedsICU community with two of the most active members being mentors at Johns Hopkins, Sapna Kudchadkar, MD, and Jennifer Schuette, MD. There was a call for a fundraising challenge in which staff at Johns Hopkins, Advocate Children’s Hospital, and University of Virginia Health System participated.
Through these efforts, donations continued to come in even after SCCM’s Amazon.com list had closed. The Johns Hopkins PICU sent these funds to SCCM for hurricane relief efforts, along with some larger items that had been included on the donation list.
Allied Healthcare Products
Allied Healthcare Products is familiar with the challenges faced by critical care clinicians in situations where access to resources is limited. So, upon hearing news of the devastation that was left in wake of Hurricane Maria, Allied Healthcare recognized the challenges Puerto Rico would be facing specifically, limited access to power and oxygen.
Knowing the Puerto Rico critical care community would need these crucial resources to provide care to hurricane victims and to rebuild after the storm, Allied Healthcare reached out to the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) to offer its support.
Allied Healthcare generously donated two full-featured ventilators, along with auxiliary battery packs, roll stand systems, and ventilation circuits. Their donation also included electronic portable ventilators and their accompanying three-way manifold and ventilation circuits.