How To Donate Supplies

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 the Duke University Hospital Materials Services Department.  The Policy designates the Material Services staff to monitor the supply chain 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 manager or supervisor.  All of these items must first be processed through Materials Services.  They will determine if any of the supplies can be re-directed into the Duke supply chain or returned for credit.  If not, then they will 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.

REMEDY at Duke is currently unable to process surplus supplies from Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, or Duke Allied Practices.

Surplus medical supplies generated from clinical research trials are not the responsibility of Materials Services.  To arrange for donation and pickup of these items, contact the REMEDY coordinators 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

Unfortunately we cannot accept donations of medical supplies from individuals outside of the the Duke Health System.  We suggest contacting a local non-profit social service organization to see if they can use them.  In general any medical supplies that have already been issued to a patient cannot be re-distributed.  Lightly used crutches, walkers or other durable assistive devices that can be easily cleaned may be accepted by some organizations.

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  & anaesthesia tubing and supplies  Syringes and injection needles
 Laboratory and phlebotomy supplies  Stethoscopes, scissors, blades, surgical instruments

What we CANNOT accept:

In general, supplies that are highly specialized, need to be attached to a specific machine or device to operate, or require technical skills to use or maintain are not useful in areas with limited health resources or support.

Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Cardiac and central line catheters and kits
  • Automated tourniquets and blood pressure cuffs
  • Feeding tube supplies
  • Colostomy supplies
  • Tracheostomy supplies
  • Nebulizers or breathing treatment circuits
  • Sequential compression devices (SCDs)
  • Endoscopic surgical devices
  • Surgical implants

REMEDY at Duke does NOT collect 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, or scalpels not in their original peel-packs