CapU donates medical supplies to Lions Gate Hospital & Sechelt Hospital in fight against COVID-19

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Capilano University has donated supplies to help protect medical professionals in the fight against COVID-19. Two Capilano University programs contributed scores of personal protective equipment to the staff at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver.

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020 the Health Care Assistant and Rehabilitation Assistant programs sent 4,400 pairs of gloves, 100 N-95 masks, 50 isolation masks and 40 isolation masks with face shields to help frontline healthcare workers remain safe while treating patients at the hospital.

“As a nurse, I can tell you this kind of equipment can make the difference between someone living and dying,” says Nadja Neubauer, coordinator of the Health Care Assistant certificate program at CapU. “We’ve seen in the news, the result of shortages of supplies elsewhere during this crisis.”

With Lions Gate Hospital opening a dedicated COVID-19 unit to provide care to the rapidly increasing number of people who have the virus, there is an acute need for quality medical supplies.

“We’ve also seen first-hand older adults are the most vulnerable to serious illness and death from COVID-19,” says Neubauer. “Our students and faculty learn and work in North Vancouver care settings, so it means a great deal to us to be able to contribute to the safety of patients and staff we care deeply for.”

Arna Parsons, from the Faculty of Education, Health & Human Development at CapU, contacted the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, gathered the supplies and delivered the CapU donation Wednesday afternoon.

“We have a great team and everyone was quick to jump on this idea,” shared Neubauer.

Additionally, the Health Care Assistant program at kálax-ay Sunshine Coast Campus donated about 30 boxes of gloves, three boxes of paper masks, nine face shields, six N95 masks, 30 paper isolation gowns and a couple of bottles of hand sanitizer to the Sechelt Hospital Foundation.

Submitted by: Communications