Thursday, March 26, 2020

Researchers at University of Limerick and NUI Galway have designed a new innovative Personal Protective Equipment emergency supply donation website to connect industry stock to hospitals worldwide.

The COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed the resources of the world’s health systems, often leaving frontline clinical staff without the required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as traditional supply logistic chains lag behind the surge. Professor Derek O’Keeffe, Consultant Physician University Hospital Galway and Professor of Medical Device Technology, NUI Galway, has developed this innovative solution with his engineering colleague Dr Kevin Johnson, University of Limerick, to help combat this problem.

The new global platform,, allows local organisations, such as industry, business, universities, and laboratories, who may have PPE stock in supply to list the categories of what they have on inventory, such as gloves, gowns, goggles, with contact details and then drop a map pin to show their geographic location.

If a COVID19 surge occurs in their geographic area, for example in Cairo, Cork, Calgary, then the local hospital or clinic can simply click on the map of their surroundings and see what emergency PPE/Medical stock is in the vicinity and access it quickly.

Professor Derek O’Keeffe said: “Speaking with my clinical colleagues across the world and looking at the repeating patterns of health supply logistics breakdowns that have occurred as COVID19 surges have swept across the world, it is clear that innovative alternative solutions need to be developed such as to enable frontline staff get vital PPE to keep them and their patients safe.”

Dr Kevin Johnson said: “Everybody has a role to play in this fight against the COVID19 pandemic – that could be simply to self-isolate, use your skillset to create a website such as or donate any surplus supplies you might have to this worthy cause. With so much technology at our fingertips, why not use it for the good of your community.”

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