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Nurses Take To The Streets To Demand Protective Gear

Mar 23, 2020

On this edition of Your Call, we're hearing from a Bay Area nurse who says the lack of personal protective gear continues to be a huge problem. Jennifer Carraher says her hospital has run out of eye protection and hand sanitizer, and N95 masks are scarce.

Frontline healthcare workers are taking to social media to express their continued frustration and fear over running out of personal protective equipment. Many say they are reusing masks or making their own. Why is it taking so long to get healthcare workers the gear they so desperately need?

Guest:

Jennifer Carraher, advanced practice triage nurse at a large Bay Area hosptial, medical sociologist, and member of the California Nurses Association 

Web Resources:

KQED: Where to Donate N95 Masks and Other Medical Supplies in the Bay Area

SF Chronicle: California coronavirus testing capability soars, but even nurses complain they can’t get tested

The Intercept: OAKLAND HOSPITAL TOOK IN CORONAVIRUS CRUISE PATIENTS. NOW, LOW ON SUPPLIES, NURSES ASKED TO REUSE DISPOSABLE MASKS. 

Vox: “We are desperate”: Trump’s inaction has created a crisis with protective medical gear