How To Donate Supplies

REMEDY at Duke only processes surplus generated from within the Duke University Health System. We do not accept outside donations of medical supplies or equipment that have already been dispensed to patients.

How to donate

Duke Hospital has an approved Surplus Supply Designation & Management Policy.  The purpose of this Policy is to centralize the responsibility for, and management of, the surplus supply process at Duke University Hospital and any customer serviced by Duke Procurement and Supply Chain Services.  The Policy designates the supply chain staff to ensure the safe, effective, and cost efficient use of supplies

If you are a Duke Hospital, PDC or Medical Center employee and have surplus patient care supplies in your work area, notify your unit manager or supervisor.  All of these items must first be processed through Procurement and Supply Chain Services.  They will determine if any of the supplies can be re-directed into the supply chain or returned for credit.  If not, then they may donate it to the REMEDY program.  Contact either your department’s Material Services Resource representative (whoever it is that stocks your supplies) or call Material Services Customer Support at (919) 681-1536 to arrange a pick up and transport to the Duke Medicine warehouse at 100 Golden Drive.

REMEDY at Duke is currently unable to process surplus supplies from Duke Allied Practices.

Surplus medical supplies generated from clinical research trials are not the responsibility of Procurement and Supply Chain Services.  To arrange for donation and pickup of these items, contact the REMEDY coordinator directly (

Surplus Duke property such as furniture, machines, equipment, computers, monitors, etc. is handled by Duke University Procurement Services. For more information contact Procurement Services Customer Support at (919) 681-5900 or go to


What supplies will REMEDY at Duke accept?

REMEDY at Duke primarily seeks basic medical supplies needed for health screening, primary care and simple surgical procedures in rural and under-served areas.  These items include (but are not restricted to):

 Examination and sterile surgical gloves Clean gauze, bandage, tape and other dressing supplies
 Sterile surgical drapes  Unopened suture packs
 Isolation or surgical masks and goggles  Antiseptic solutions and prep pads
 Sterile disposable gowns  IV tubing and catheters
 Suction tubing and drains  Orthopedic supports, slings, braces and casting supplies
 Urinary catheters and drains  Toiletries and personal care items
 Respiratory  & anesthesia tubing and supplies  Syringes and injection needles
 Laboratory and phlebotomy supplies  Stethoscopes, scissors, blades, surgical instruments

Clean, unused single-use disposable items that are past the expiration date may be accepted if they are in their original packaging and still within a year of the expiration date. Examples include suture packs, instruments, bandages & dressings,and syringes. Many non-profits can accept these items for reprocessing and/or re-sterilization in certain countries outside the United States.

Sterile procedure packs that have damage to the outer packaging can also be accepted, as there are many items within the pack that can still be used for non-sterile purposes.

What we CANNOT accept:

Supplies that are highly specialized or need to be attached to a specific machine or device to operate are not useful in areas with limited health resources or support. Examples include SCDs, cardiac catheters, endoscopic devices, monitoring equipment, automated coolers/heating devices, etc.

REMEDY does NOT accept any of the following items:

  • Medications
  • Expired IV or irrigation fluids
  • Expired nutritional formula
  • Expired blood collection tubes, IV flush syringes, arterial blood gas syringes, or other items containing expired solutions
  • Opened syringes, needles, catheters or other items not in their original peel-packs