Healthcare workers in Washington state are standing up against unsafe working conditions related to the coronavirus outbreak inside of a hospital, reports The Bellingham Herald.
According to the report, “The Washington State Nurses Association is accusing PeaceHealth of not giving nurses the personal protective gear they need while working at its St. Joseph hospital.”
“Nurses and other health care workers are not being given the equipment to do their jobs treating COVID-19 patients safely,” said Ruth Schubert, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Nurses Association. “Nurses are worried about themselves, their families and their patients. If nurses start falling sick, who will be left to take care of these very sick patients?”
According to the union, nurses at the hospital “report that they have run out of proper gowns to care for suspected and positive COVID-19 patients, are being directed to re-use and share personal protective equipment (PPE) without proper cleaning per manufacturer guidelines, are being given one surgical mask per day and being told to keep it in a paper bag between patients, and other unsafe measures.”
Read more about nurses fighting for proper protection and a safe work environment in Washington here.