US nurses and doctors, on coronavirus front-line beg for PPE

US nurses and doctors, on coronavirus front-line beg for PPE

US nurses and doctors on the front line, fighting the coronavirus pandemic now beg for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)


What is the full meaning of PPE?

PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment. PPE means any device or appliance designed to be worn or held by a person to protect against health and safety hazards.


What are 3 types of PPE?

Various types of PPE, including :  face shields, gloves, goggles and, coats, head masks, respirators and shoe covers.


The death of medical personnel from coronavirus is inevitable. That’s the why Sean Petty nurses says they believes hospitals and government leaders across the United States must see this.

“That makes us feel that our lives are costly and we know they are not,” said Petty, who works in a pediatric emergency room at the Jacoby Hospital in the Bronx, New York.

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Earlier this week, dozens of police assistants have protested for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves, and robes.

Their needs are reflected throughout the United States, where health practitioners continue to face significant PPE shortages as COVID-19 coronavirus affects cities, cities, and states across the country. More than 250,000 people are infected. Virus in the United States and more than 5,000 deaths

New York is the most severely affected city, with more than 100,000 coronavirus cases and over 2,900 deaths.

Mount Sinai Hospital healthcare worker Ted Levine holds a picture of Feda Ocran, a nurse who died of covid-19

Mount Sinai Hospital healthcare worker Ted Levine holds a picture of Feda Ocran, a nurse who died of covid-19

Petty said that he and his colleagues have been exposed to the virus continuously without enough PPE to protect themselves. His hospital lost the nurse, Freda Ocran, 50, last week at COVID-19, the second nurse in New York who died of the virus. The other two nurses are being traced to their petty airway.

“We can’t help but think about being a healthcare worker and not having what they have elsewhere, like PPE, like in China and South Korea … they are just separated from the world,” Petty said.

Before Petty’s 12-hour change began, he would report to a new command center located outside his hospital to receive a packet containing a normal surgical mask, scrub paper and a fire suit. Sometimes he receives a mask. He also receives a new N95 mask for every change and expects to use the same mask throughout the day.

Respond to nursing concerns, NYC Health + Hospital, which operates state hospitals and clinics in the city, said in a statement that nurse safety is of the utmost importance.

“We now have all the equipment needed for our employees. But knowing that there is a shortage of equipment around the country. “The statement “Because of the overall picture of our country, we take serious measures to preserve what we do. However, all healthcare workers in our system that need PPE can get what they want.”

Sinking hospital

When medical personnel are ill, it is not only But create tension for each hospital But also including all systems

Dr. Calvin Sun is an independent emergency medicine physician working in about a dozen hospital emergency rooms throughout New York City. During the past 21 days, he worked 18 shifts. On some days he found as many as 41 patients.

“I am monitoring the phone to close the holes that my colleagues have created. My friends who are calling patients or are in the hospital due to exposure to this virus,” Sun said recently knows after She’s a virus That nurse died later.

Sun said that the emergency room is crowded with COVID-19 patients that have nowhere to go.

“All of them are whacked in the hallway or on a stretcher in the hospital

Tetris in this giant emergency room, which you can’t really go from patient to patient,” he said. That doesn’t maintain the six-foot social separation rules because the waiting room is small and all 30, 40 people are packed like sardines, coughing up each other, spreading COVID-19 even further. ”

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Sun has gathered his own PPE from private warehouses and other emergency rooms he has been able to access in the past few weeks. He keeps the mask in his backpack and takes it wherever he works.

“You are as strong as the weakest link in terms of your protection,” he said of the importance of having a complete PPE, which includes surgical gowns, gloves, eye protection or face masks, N95 masks or other types. Respirator mask and hair and ears protective covers. However, Sun says that, in addition, he and other health workers should have a fresh air respirator and a Tyvek hazmat suit.

US nurses and doctors beg for PPE

At the New York City, Montefiore Medical Center, Moses Campus Nurse holds-up a sign during a protest demanding N95 masks and other critical- PPE to handle patients during the outbreak of coronavirus disease

In Suffolk County, Long Island, a nurse said that her hospital ran out of PPE – (Personal Protective Equipment)  in their private hospital about a week ago.

“Now it’s a completely different world, and everything we have been taught to the extent that PPE and infection control everything goes out the window.” A 35 year old nurse who wishes to not Reveal herself because of you Not allowed to speak with hospital conditions

She said she received the N95 mask one two weeks ago, which she kept in a paper bag at her hospital after the end of each change.

“We know it’s not safe,” she said about recycling PPE. “It’s not safe for us and it’s also not safe for patients as well.”

“It’s just the beginning of it. Then we are scared of ourselves as well. We are scared of ourselves and we reveal ourselves and are not properly protected.” She just helped a 91 year old patient say goodbye to his family. Via zoom chat with about 20 family members

Not just in New York

Elsewhere in the country, doctors and nurses are preparing for the onslaught of COVID-19 patients to attack their hospital in the next few weeks.

Dr. Susan George Knoche is a colorectal surgery specialist in Charleston, South Carolina and collaborated with doctors, nurses and other administrators in her hospital to start planning possible PPE shortages and planning methods. Preserving what is in stock They stopped surgery by choosing one of their preventative measures to conserve their limited PPE.

“We are very worried about the upcoming COVID-19 wave, which we have to shut down as much as we can prepare,” she said. “It’s as if we’re waiting there like waiting. Open the door for patients COVID-19 to enter, “Knoche added.

Some doctors, such as Dr. Sylvia Gc, a doctor in Temecula, California, who has just started testing patients for viruses, says they have to go “underground” to get masks and glasses for her clinic. But the equipment is rare

“This is the United States. This is not a third world country. But doctors and nurses and hospital staff are being treated like that, “she said about the lack of access to PPE.

PPE’s federal emergency stock is almost out of stock, officials acknowledge this week. US media also report that the US exports millions of PPE to China in the first two months of the year, although experts warn that coronavirus will soon spread to the United States.

Although the coronary arouse stimulus package was $ 2.2 trillion through Congress last month, including $ 117 billion in help hospitals, doctors and nurses nationwide are still worried about their collapsing health system.

“I am scared of the time we have gone from growing up to the enormous increase in sick patients and we are drowning,” said the New York City Assistant.


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REF : aljazeera

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