Nurses and hospital administration continue to square off over meager personal protective gear supplies and directives to reuse masks and gloves, according to a report in the LA Times.
“If you had told me I would be reusing N95 masks before the coronavirus, I would’ve laughed and not believed you,” said Jill Tobin, an emergency room nurse in the Bay Area. “The methods we’re using are not scientific.”
Much of the frustration is attributed to an inadequate federal government response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the report. “I’ve been a nurse for 25 years. I don’t need the CDC to tell me when I need an N95,” says Jack Cline, a nurse at Providence St. John’s Health Center, referring to the Center for Disease Control’s loosening of N95 mask requirements. “When I have a patient coughing directly in my face…I’m not going into that room unless they provide me with one.”
More than 2,500 healthcare workers have fallen ill with COVID-19 across California to date.
Read more about nurses fighting for personal protective gear and against hazardous hospital policies here.