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Still a PPE shortage?

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Missingyou has 20 years experience as a CNA and specializes in Long term care.

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It's hard for me to believe that now, at the end of June, there is STILL a shortage of PPE.

I work in a long term care facility where we wear a KN 95 mask ( not fit tested, doesn't fit properly) for 5 12- hour shifts. We go in to care for covid19 positive residents & come out wearing the same mask, hang the gown on the outside of the door to reuse for 5 days & then enter the next non covid resident room to give care, wearing the SAME mask, not changing it at all. 

......and they are wondering why our facility has the highest positive & death rate in the entire area of the state.

So, is there a shortage in a small town USA?

 

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scribblz has 13 years experience as a BSN, CNA, LPN and specializes in Med Surg, Tele, Geriatrics, home infusion.

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4 hours ago, Missingyou said:

It's hard for me to believe that now, at the end of June, there is STILL a shortage of PPE.

I work in a long term care facility where we wear a KN 95 mask ( not fit tested, doesn't fit properly) for 5 12- hour shifts. We go in to care for covid19 positive residents & come out wearing the same mask, hang the gown on the outside of the door to reuse for 5 days & then enter the next non covid resident room to give care, wearing the SAME mask, not changing it at all. 

......and they are wondering why our facility has the highest positive & death rate in the entire area of the state.

So, is there a shortage in a small town USA?

That's really troubling and unsafe for you and those you care for. What has management/ leadership for your facility said regarding their lack of PPE? Has the state's DPH looked into your facility because of their death rate? 

I would strongly considering leaving for a more responsible facility for the sake of my family and personal health.

If I stayed I would buy my own disposable masks to wear over the poorly fitting KN 95 and a face shield or goggles off Amazon. You can get a 10 pack for $15. 

Best of luck to you and stay safe!

 

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NRSKarenRN has 43 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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Yes, still a shortage due to worldwide Covid-19 virus requiring increased # staff needing to wear PPE.

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Missingyou has 20 years experience as a CNA and specializes in Long term care.

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So, I just read on 3M website, a company that makes N95 masks, As of June 2020 they have tripled their production of masks to 95 million a MONTH. A third of which are going to other countries.

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MeganMN has 14 years experience and specializes in Emergency Room.

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Our hospital is still using the same n95 for a twelve hour shift, and rotating it for a total of five days of use before discarding.

 

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