Global Health Ministries
To continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by enhancing the health care programs of Lutheran Churches in other countries.

Supplies Needed

 

 

Hot list of urgently needed medical supplies

Medical supply needs

Medical equipment needs

Guidelines

Preparing your donation

Shipping your donation

Hands-on projects

Hot list of urgently needed medical supplies

  • Exam gloves
  • Surgical gloves
  • Sterile needles
  • Sterile syringes
  • Sutures
  • Dressings, sterile and unsterile
  • Bandage scissors
  • Surgical instruments
  • Surgical blades and handles
  • Surgical sponges
  • Cotton tipped applicators
  • Gowns and bed linen, cloth
  • Bath towels and wash cloths
  • Lubricating jelly ("K-Y" and other)
  • Disinfectant sponges and swabs

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Medical supply needs

  • Ace bandages (elastic)
  • Anesthesia supplies (ambu bags, face masks, manual resuscitators, endotracheal tubes)
  • Casting materials
  • Catheters (suction, Foley, and ureteral, but not cardiac)
  • Dressings (gauze, bandages, Band-Aids, 4 x 4's, etc.)
  • EKG supplies (electrodes, recording paper, leads, etc.)
  • Electrosurgical supplies (electrocautery pens, grounding pads)
  • Tracheal tubes
  • Gowns (OR and exam, cloth only, no disposables)
  • Gloves (surgical and exam)
  • IV supplies (butterfy needles, extension sets, administration sets)
  • Orthopedic supplies (braces, slings, supports, prosthesis)
  • Patient care (wheelchairs, walkers, crutches)
  • Scalpels and blades
  • Scrub/prep (surgical scrub, iodine, brushes, sponges)
  • Stainless steel containers
  • Surgical instruments
  • Surgical towels and drapes (cloth only, no disposables)
  • Surgical tape
  • Sutures and wound closure supplies
  • Syringes/needles
  • Tongue depressors and containers
  • Q-tip applicators and containers

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Medical equipment needs

Note: Please call ahead for all equipment donations.

 

Item Preferred Manufacturer
Anesthesia Machine Ohio
Electrosurgical Unit Valleylab, Aspen Labs
Monitor, ECG Hewlett-Packard
Monitor, NIBP Ohmeda, Critikon, Dynamap
Pulse Oximeter Nellcor, Ohmeda
Infant Incubator Air Shields, Ohio
EKG Recorder Burdick, HP, NK
Defib/Monitor Physio Control, HP, NK, Protocol
Suction Pump Gomco, Schuco, Air Shields
Oxygen Concentrator DeVilbiss, Puritan Bennett
Endoscope & Light Source Olympus
Diagnostic Ultrasound GE, ATL, HP, Diasonics
X-ray System Picker, Summit, Universal
Fetal Doppler Imex, Parks, Medasonics
Exam Lamp Portable Type (no ceiling mount)
Sterilizer, Table Top Amsco, Pelton Crane
Surgery/Delivery Table Amsco, Shampaine
Lab Microscope Olympus, Zeiss
Surgery Microscope Olympus, Zeiss
Stethoscope Tycos
Sphygmomanometer Tycos, Baumanometer
Oto/Ophthalmoscope Welch Allyn
Laryngoscope Any

 

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Guidelines

When evaluating donations for mission hospitals, we consider equipment condition, intended use, maintenance requirements, availability of parts or accessories, and other factors. Please consider the following suggestions when donating medical items.

For Specific Needs: Medical Supplies

  • Recent (within 10 years) medical textbooks are useful. However, medical journals or magazines cannot be accepted.
  • Pharmaceuticals are generally not accepted (please call for specifics).
  • Most plastic disposable items cannot be reused and are generally not accepted.
  • Liquids such as cleaners, IV solutions, and medications are too difficult to ship and cannot be accepted.
  • For Specific Needs: Medical Equipment
  • If possible, all accessories and manuals should be included with equipment.
  • Most developing countries prefer equipment that is simple and easy to use.
  • Mechanical tables and equipment are preferred over equipment that is dependent upon electricity to operate.
  • Equipment that requires electricity to operate should function on both 50 and 60 Hz or be easily convertible to different voltage and frequency inputs.
  • Medical equipment should be boxed with care for shipping. Please call us if you need recommend-ations or assistance in this area.

For Specific Needs: Medical Equipment

  • If possible, all accessories and manuals should be included with equipment.
  • Most developing countries prefer equipment that is simple and easy to use.
  • Mechanical tables and equipment are preferred over equipment that is dependent upon electricity to operate.
  • Equipment that requires electricity to operate should function on both 50 and 60 Hz or be easily convertible to different voltage and frequency inputs.
  • Medical equipment should be boxed with care for shipping. Please call us if you need recommend-ations or assistance in this area.

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Preparing Your Donation

Medical supplies should be sorted by type and placed in separate plastic bags or boxes. Most medical equipment requires various accessories to function properly. When collecting medical equipment for donation, please make every effort to find all the accessories and manuals that go with the equipment, including patient cables and transducers, power cords, recorder paper, spare parts, and operator and service manuals.

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Shipping Your Donation

Global Health Ministries attempts to cover all the costs of equipment refurbishing and shipping to the mission field. Your assistance with the shipping cost to the Minneapolis warehouse would be greatly appreciated. If you are unable to pay for this cost, please call and make shipping arrangements with our Global Health Ministries staff.

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Hands-on projects:

AIDS/Hospice Kits - This kit contains basic personal care items which can be used by the patient or caregiver.

Newborn Kits - This kit has basic items used during delivery of a baby.

Rolled Bandages - These bandages are made from strips of cloth (e.g. sheets) and rolled on a very simple easy to make unit.

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