The Demand for Higher Quality PPE Standards

Nurses are still struggling for access to adequate supplies for PPE. Not only are supplies shaky, but the quality of the protective equipment is also in question. Forbes also takes the conversation a step further by suggesting that the standards to protect healthcare workers by modernizing PPE standards. This article, written by Brent D. Lang, Chairman, President and CEO of Vocera Communications, Inc., argues that the standards for PPE currently in place are not doing enough to protect frontline workers. And the numbers suggest he isn’t wrong.

According to the CDC, more than 216,000 healthcare workers have been diagnosed with Covid-19, and 800 have died from the virus as of November 16, 2020. Sadly, more deaths are expected and feared. Responses in a survey of New York City medical residents revealed that 60% believed their personal protective equipment (PPE) was suboptimal. (Forbes, 2021)

“We need to take a battlefield approach and ensure those on the front lines have the essential tools and technologies needed to win the war on Covid-19.” Mr. Lang goes on to say legislative initiatives matter just as much. “And we need Congress to make greater commitments and investments now to empower workers today with available technology that will help save valuable time, PPE, and lives.” Read the full article below by clicking HERE or on the URL below:

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2020/12/22/protect-healthcare-workers-by-modernizing-ppe-standards/?sh=504166137d6b

Nursing Homes Are Once Again Hit Hard by PPE Shortages

Greenville Business Magazine is reporting astonishing data on Coronavirus outbreaks in South Carolina nursing home communities. By the second week of November, there were 3,882 cases and 1,500 deaths among South Carolina nursing home residents.  This crisis is not secluded to just South Carolina either. Nationally, 91,000 nursing home patients have died since November. (Kaiser Family Foundation) Read the full story from Greenville Business Magazine by clicking the link below.

 

http://www.greenvillebusinessmag.com/2020/12/02/337607/south-carolina-nursing-homes-grapple-with-rising-covid-19-cases

WSJ: The Strain of COVID on Hospitals

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that around the United States, hospitalizations are continuing to rise, particularly in the North Central, Southern, and Midwestern areas of America. Hospital capacity is rapidly filling for hospitals as the number of COVID-19 patients continues to rise. While new cases are always followed by new hospitalizations, this scenario is very different than past virus spreads. The ability of the virus to infect younger victims unknowingly creates the ability to spread to older people undetected. Randall W. Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, says that new cases are occurring at everyone’s favorite family events; “What we are finding is the disease is being spread in gatherings; family gatherings, weddings, holidays, and is being spread by people who know each other.” Read the full story from the Wall Street Journal by clicking HERE or on the link below:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-surge-strains-hospitals-once-again-11605100312?mod=hp_lead_pos1

New Studies Claim Wearing Mask Could Save 100,000 Lives

CNN reported a study conducted by last week that wearing a mask has a direct correlation to saving lives. The study concludes that if 95% of the public were to wear a mask from September 22, 2020 through the end of February 2021 approximately 129,000 lives could be saved. (Reiner, R.C., Barber, R.M., Collins, J.K., et al. 20202)

This is a substantial amount of lives saved, and even if 85% of the population wore masks, approximately 95,000 lives would be saved over that same time period. (Reiner, R.C., Barber, R.M., Collins, J.K., et al. 20202) It is time we did our due diligence as responsible citizens and fight this pandemic together. Click HERE to read the article posted by CNN. Click the DOI below to read the full study conducted by the IHME COVID-19 Forecasting Team.

 

Reiner, R.C., Barber, R.M., Collins, J.K. et al. Modeling COVID-19 scenarios for the United States. Nat Med (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-1132-9

PPE 101: The do’s and don’ts of donning and doffing

A helpful guide from the American Medical Association about what to do and what not to do when it comes to protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.

https://www.ama-assn.org/residents-students/residency/ppe-101-dos-and-donts-donning-and-doffing

Nurses’ Pleas Spur U.S. Pledge to Tap 44 Million-Mask Stockpile

There are millions of N95 respirators in the United States’ Strategic National Stockpile and more respirators are being ordered, but many experts within the nursing industry are urging the government to give out the respirators now.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-31/nurses-pleas-spur-u-s-pledge-to-tap-44-million-mask-stockpile

Congressman McHenry Introduces Bipartisan American PPE Supply Chain Integrity Act

The bipartisan bill known as the American PPE Supply Chain Integrity Act was introduced to Congress yesterday by Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) and Congressman Bill Pascrall Jr. (D-NJ-9). This bill will help America reduce its reliance on foreign-made PPE, particularly PPE from China.

Read the full text of the bill here:

https://mchenry.house.gov/uploadedfiles/american_ppe_supply_chain_integrity_act.pdf

 

A Viral Epidemic Splintering Into Deadly Pieces

The New York Times published an excellent rundown and profile of the entire country and its progress in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as what potentially lies ahead for Americans.

Paging Dr. Hamblin: Is a Bandanna a Mask?

In a perfect world, the supply of 3-ply masks across the United States for everyone to wear a 3-ply surgical mask. However, since there are not enough surgical masks for everyone, this article details how to maximize the effectiveness of your cloth mask.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/07/paging-dr-hamblin-cloth-masks-wash/614479/

Beshear to Close Bars, Limit Indoor Dining for Two Weeks Starting July 28

Governor Beshear announced today that starting at 5 pm tomorrow, all bars would be closed down and restaurants would revert back to 25% capacity indoors for the next two weeks. Read the rest of the mandate here:

https://www.wdrb.com/news/business/beshear-to-close-bars-limit-indoor-dining-for-two-weeks-starting-july-28/article_6b59308a-d03c-11ea-8b75-9bd6089c2f95.html