This is a post concerning Covid 19. I work in two hospitals. As we all know patients are now coming to the hospital for non-covid related medical conditions and elective surgeries. Both hospitals I work at are testing admitted patients for Covid 19 and are then sending the patients up to the units (Med Surg, PCU, ICU) pending the test results. The nurses on these units are wearing only the blue surgical masks, as due to the shortage of N95 masks, those are only being provided to nurse working the Covid/rule out Covid units. A few days later some of these patients test results come back as Covid positive. This means that nurses have been exposed to these covid positive patients for multiple shifts.
One of the hospitals I work at will not allow us to bring in our own masks. My work around this is I've purchased KN95 masks. I wear a blue surgical mask over the KN95 mask. Management does not have an issue with this because I am complying with their policy to wear their blue surgical mask. Just wanting to help out other nurses as until all nurses working any floor are provided with N95 masks, this is going to be an ongoing issue.
I obtain my KN95 masks from this website which is FDA approved and the prices are reasonable and they are not price gouging: