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For Release:

3/30/2020

Media Contact:

Lisa Black
630-626-6084
lblack@aap.org

As longstanding organizations representing and supporting those on the front lines who are risking their lives caring for the world’s most vulnerable patients, we stand united in voicing our concern over the critical shortages of medical equipment, including ventilators, test kits and all types of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields and gowns, to adequately address the COVID-19 public health crisis.

These heroic health care professionals didn’t hesitate to step up to help those affected by COVID-19, and it is time for the federal government to similarly step up to take emergency measures at the federal level to increase the supply of PPE and other essential equipment. We also strongly encourage and support efforts to redeploy equipment to the areas in most critical need at a given time, using data from organizations like the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Promoting the use of telemedicine will reduce the risk to health care professionals and patients, and reduce the strain being placed on critical assets of our health care system -- preventing further spread of infection and saving lives.

This pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on our health care system and the lives of the very health care professionals being asked to combat this insidious virus. We are particularly concerned about the first responders, caregivers and patients in our most vulnerable communities and the tragic health disparities that could result. From first responders and EMTs, to doctors, nurses and all health care professionals, the dedication of these individuals to their patients and to our country demands an equal show of commitment by our federal government to their safety.

PPE is vitally needed to protect the caregivers who are risking their own health and welfare and those of their families in order to care for patients in the most need. The lack of essential medical equipment, especially ventilators and specialized facilities, is further endangering the lives of the sickest patients.

It is time that we all unite in support of our health care professionals to protect their health and provide them with the resources and equipment they need to continue their lifesaving work. We are equally committed to working with federal, state and local policymakers and public health officials to alleviate obstacles in the supply chain to ensure an urgent and equitable distribution of PPE across the nation.

 
Robert A. Harrington, MD, FAHA President
American Heart Association
 
 
Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC President
American College of Cardiology
 
 
James C. Stevens, MD, FAAN President
American Academy of Neurology
 
 
Sara H. Goza, MD, FAAP President
American Academy of Pediatrics
 
 
Thomas Kallstrom, MBA, RRT, FAARC Executive Director/CEO
American Association for Respiratory Care
 

William P. Jaquis, MD, FACEP
President
American College of Emergency Physicians
 

Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH
President
Association of Black Cardiologists
 
 
Biukem Bozkurt, MD, PhD, FHFSA, FACC, FAHA, FESC
President
Heart Failure Society of America
 
 
Andrea M. Russo, MD, FHRS
President
Hearth Rhythm Society
 
 
David K. Tan, MD, EMT-T, FAAEM, FAEMS
President
National Association of EMS Physicians
 
 
Bill Seifarth, MS, NRP
Executive Director
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
 

Ehtisham Mahmud, MD, FSCAI
President
Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
 
 
Donald E. Kerns, JD, CAE
Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
 
 
 
 

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