Survey: Nurses still don’t have enough PPE, have to reuse masks

Health experts are asking the president to ramp up production of N95 masks six months after pandemic began.

Six months after the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, medical workers are still scrambling to find enough personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them and their patients safe.

A survey by the American Nurses Association showed that more than half of nurses nationwide have to reuse PPE on a regular basis. This is despite the fact that the medical system has had half-a-year to get supplies and funding up to adequate levels.

“Re-use and decontamination of single-use personal protective equipment as the ‘new normal’ is unacceptable, given the lack of standards and evidence of safety,” ANA President Ernest Grant said in a statement.

The ANA is calling on President Donald Trump to use the Defense Production Act to compell factories to produce enough PPE to meet demand.

You can read more at McKnight’s.

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