Because the new crown epidemic has
overwhelmed hospitals across the country, medical personnel in the United
States are still facing an extreme shortage of medical equipment such as masks,
protective clothing, and disinfectant.
The nurse in the emergency department of
Miami said that in the past few days, due to the shortage of disinfectant and
disinfectant wipes, she had to use hand sanitizer to disinfect the ward. Even
before, only three 84 disinfectant wipes could be assigned to a ward, and she
could only get one N95 mask per shift.
As the virus spread in southern and western
states such as Florida and Texas, the nationwide gap of N95 masks reached 300
million. This kind of mask is not only necessary for hospitals, but also
important for the personnel of other health construction organizations.
According to information from nursing homes
and assisted living facilities industry organizations, one-fifth of nursing
home personal protective equipment stocks cannot last for a week, while N95
masks are even scarcer. The organization wrote that this shortage has been
going on for months, which is very worrying.
Elderly people in nursing homes are more
likely to be infected, and those who treat other diseases in the outpatient
clinic will miss the opportunity to see a doctor because of the new crown
medical run-in. And the doctors in the outpatient department did not need to be
fully armed before, because manufacturers such as masks did not plan to provide
masks for outpatients before the outbreak, which also made it difficult for
many outpatients to obtain more masks.
In addition, the competition for personal
protective materials in each state has also exacerbated its shortage. With the
increase in hospitalization rates in Florida and Texas and rapid depletion of
protective measures, states with controlled epidemics such as New York and New
Jersey began to worry about the outbreak. The latter's medical and health
institutions are trying to increase the inventory of protective equipment to
The Governor of New Jersey said that the
state aims to build a storage that can last for 30 or 90 days, but there are
still challenges to seeing this plan.
This year, N95 mask production in the
United States will reach 110 million, compared with 30 million before the
Medical Material Reuse
Intensive care nurses at HCA in Corpus
Christi, Texas, responded to concerns about N95 masks. She said that all staff
will not change new masks throughout the shift, and after the shift, they will
collect the masks for disinfection so that they can be reused the next day. If
there were no obvious stains, she had to use protective clothing multiple
times. The hospital he is in also has medical saturation, and the number of
beds in the intensive care unit has been increased from 21 to 35, and all of
them are full of patients with new crowns.
She usually takes care of two critically
ill patients at the same time, and sometimes has to take care of one more
person. She is very worried about her own safety under such protective
measures, and worried that the virus will be transmitted to her son.
The chief medical officer of the medical
center said in a statement that the hospital has complete supplies and
standardizes protective equipment in accordance with CDC guidelines like other
hospitals. This includes disinfecting and reusing N95 masks and expanding the
use of protective clothing , Which allows staff to treat multiple patients with
the same infectious disease.
Although the epidemic made the protection
facilities scarce and brought unprecedented challenges to the hospital, the
most important thing for the hospital was to protect the doctors.
But some doctors also said that simply
following the CDC guidelines is not enough, which is not enough to protect