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University of Alicante donates all its healthcare resources, and provides volunteers and on-campus spaces to alleviate strain on health system

The Faculty of Science and the Technical Research Services already have a list of experienced volunteers for PCR analysis 

Nearly 65,000 square metres, distributed in different on-campus areas has been made available to the regional government healthcare department for field hospitals 

   

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  Images: healthcare supplies donated by the UA to the Alicante General Hospital.

 


Alicante, Friday 20 March 2020

The University of Alicante has donated this morning all its medical supplies to the Alicante General Hospital. Faculty of Sciences dean Luis Gras has stressed that the material collected might not coincide with the material listed as they have given priority to the provision of resorces more than to the exact list of items. In total, they have donated:

628 disposable gowns; 375 boxes of 100 nitrile disposable gloves for biological/chemical/mechanical risk protection (S/M//L/XL sizes); 187 pairs of nitrile disposable gloves protection biological/chemical/mechanical risk protection (4002) (S/M//L/XL/XXL sizes); 4 nitrile disposable gloves for biological/chemical/mechanical risk protection (4101) sizes 07, 09; 2 pairs of latex knitted gloves  for biological/chemical/mechanical risk protection (2231) size 08; 18 boxes with 14 disposable ffp3 masks with exhalation valve; 1 box with 20 disposable ffp1 self-filtering masks with exhalation valve; 1 box with 21 disposable ffp1 self-filtering masks with exhalation valve; 2 boxes with 10 pairs of facemasks with nose protector; 20 double-filter facemasks with nose protector; 10 universal eye protectors; 173 integral eye protectors; 1,200 surgical swabs; and 11  litres of glycerol and 166 of 96% ethanol to produce hand sanitiser.

All these supplies come from the UA departments assigned to the Faculty of Science, from the Research Institutes and two departments from the Polytechnic School (Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering), which had the material stored for their practical sessions with students. Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer has been in charge of travelling in the lorry transporting the load to the Alicante General Hospital warehouse.

As previously reported by the same sources, more material might be delivered, as happens at the beginning of this week with the resources available at the Student Forensic Lab.

Infrastructures and experts

Also, the UA has been required to provide a list with it scientific infrastructure which, as reported by the Research Office, consists of PCR equipments, 2 Life Technologies StepOne Plus equipment sets, 1 Roche Diagnostics/ LightCycler equipments and 1 BiORAD/CFC equipment; Monnal portable respirator; and other instrumentation included in the Scientific Instrumentation Area, if necessary.

Moreover, the UA has provided a list with 23 volunteers (20 people from Science and 3 from the Research Technical Services) to perform PCR analysis. The group of volunteers is made up by research and academic personnel, postdoc and PhD students, as well as professors. All of them with experience in this field and from the departments of Optics, Pharmacology and Anatomy, Agrochemistry and Biochemistry, Physiology, Genetics and Microbiology, Marine Sciences and Applied Biology, Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources and Ecology.

Besides, according to the Faculty of Science Dean, the UA is ready to produce hand sanitiser if required. Gras emphasises the efficiency and commitment shown by the University of Alicante members in just two days. On Wednesday and Thursday they have collected all the existing supplies and prepared the lists with volunteers and scientific instrumentation resources available

As for the provision of space, the UA has made available around 65,000 square metres to be used as field hospitals. From the Research Office, they have explained that they would be itinerant or military hospitals with no need of specific spaces of oxygen intake for ICU beds. The space devoted to this purpose includes the lecture buildings 1, 2 and 3, the Sports Centre, the former Hall of Residence (for accommodation of healthcare workers), sports courts (next to the Sports Centre), the Museum promenade and the on-campus parking area.

Related article:

University of Alicante Student Forensic Lab donates all its healthcare material to the Alicante General Hospital

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