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February 24, 1993

Donation of Unused Surgical Supplies: Help or Hindrance-Reply

Author Affiliations

Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1993;269(8):987. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500080034015

In Reply.  —We are most gratified by the positive responses that we have received concerning our structured program for recovery and resterilization of unused surgical supplies. After reading Dr Crone's Editorial1 and the letters by Drs de Goyet and Cobey, we are convinced more than ever about the importance of structure and consistency—not only for the benefit of the recipient nation, but also for the major charities that devote so much time and effort to collection, distribution, and proper utilization. Clearly, a coordinated approach is required to establish and implement guidelines. Hopefully, the attention provided by JAMA will lead to the forums that are required to effectively address these issues.We agree with de Goyet's assessment that "unclassified" materials may be a "mixed blessing" in disaster relief—our original intention was to establish long-term, dedicated, provider-recipient relationships, with the aim of alleviating chronic supply shortages.As noted by Dr Gussman,