Hundreds of PPE HEROCarts Donated To Arizona for Frontline Workers
ARIZONA, USA – The Arizona Department of Health Services just got a huge donation of personal protective equipment for our front line workers.
Hundreds of single-use bedside carts full of supplies for nurses and COVID-19 patients were sent to the Navajo Nation and eight of our most at-risk counties.
TAGCarts CEO Tagg Neal graduated from Northern Arizona University and used to live in the Valley. So when he saw Arizona at the global epicenter in the peak of the pandemic, it was a no-brainer to pivot his new business to help.
“We saw the environments of care over 1,100 pop-up field hospitals erected by the Army Corps of Engineers, and we noticed that the nurses didn’t have the same environment of care with carts and storage and access that they had in the hospital,” said Neal. “They told us, ‘There (are) only two carts in here and 500 beds!”
“Any stressed environment leads to omissions of care, medication errors, so on and so forth,” Neal added.
Knowing alternative care centers for COVID-19 patients would already be stressful environments, his team was confident they had a solution.
“We took an old idea off the shelf to design a cart with 90% of the utility for less than 10% of the cost. So we came up with a product then named it after the frontline heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic and everyday, the nurses,” said Neal.
Their HEROCart is stocked with single-use personal protective equipment like gowns, gloves, masks, and other supplies. They are all fully recyclable in a bio-degradable cart that comes with wheels to help streamline safety and efficiency. Nurses at the Gila River Red Tail Hawk Health Center say having to run all over their sprawling campus can be tough so they’re looking forward to using the carts to keep supplies more easily accessible. They just got 54 of the donated HEROCarts.
So whether it’s a rural tent pop-up for overflow care or a clinic on standby for surge capacity like Red Tail Hawk, HEROCarts keep all supplies bedside, so nurses can focus on the patients. There’s even a drawer for patients to store personal items with dignity.
“Your personal diabetic medication, your eyeglasses, cellphone, wallet. And the feedback that we’re getting is, yeah, it’s a, it’s a wonderful product with a lot of value for those environments,” said Neal.
And from packaging to shipping, where they found a Phoenix moving company, Dircks Moving & Logistics to bring the donated carts here for free. It’s a project they’re more than proud of.
“Not only is this product helpful and useful, it’s been assembled by veterans and Americans with disabilities here in the United States of America,” said Neal.
In addition to the 250 carts donated statewide, TAGCarts also donated another 150 HEROCarts to the Navajo Nation, and they’re doing the same in California, where they’re now based, investing more than $150,000 in our front line workers.
“When you’re doing the right thing, the right way with the right people for the right reasons, there’s nothing that can replace that feeling,” said Neal.
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A Navy Veteran who has worked in the medical field for decades is now answering the call to help nurses on the front lines.
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Sacramento based start-up TAGCarts helping pop-up hospitals in the field | Everyday Heroes
Topic: Taggart Neal created a start-up that provides medical carts to pop-up field hospitals.
KXTV likes to highlight those in our community making a difference, and Taggart Neal was recently featured on the news as well as his start-up TAGCarts™ which helps medical and hospital workers lower their risk of cross-contamination that comes along with using a “community” medical cart.
TAGCarts™ are designed as an affordable and disposable cardboard-based medical cart that nurses and hospital workers can supply with gloves, masks and other personal protection equipment [PPE] crucial to limit the spread of the coronavirus as well as treat the many who have become infected.
HEROCarts™ are also disposable. When a field hospital closes, these carts can be recycled.
Taggart Neal and his exciting start-up have partnered with the Sacramento Kings Foundation — several HEROCarts have been donated to Cal OES so they can be set up at multiple coronavirus surge sites.
On July 10th FOX 40 in Sacramento featured our HEROCarts™
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HEROCarts™ was recently featured on FOX 40 as field hospitals begin to pop up during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pop-up PPE carts are all the rage right now in the medical community due to their ease-of-use, their disposability, and the fact that they allow medical professionals to store their own equipment in one central place to avoid cross-contamination.
These recyclable medical carts can be used at the patient bedside, coming stocked with gloves, masks, and more.
Veterans and people with disabilities have chipped in to make hundreds of these carts, some of which are headed for Sleep Train Arena, and others headed for the Navajo Nation in the Southwest.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, while many are feeling isolated, many individuals are rallying together to make a difference like HEROCarts™.