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‘Our wicked problem’: B.C. seeks more personal protective equipment as COVID-19 cases mount

‘Our wicked problem’: B.C. seeks more personal protective equipment as COVID-19 cases mount

The province is looking at alternative materials and ways of more efficiently utilizing individual protective equipment such as gloves, masks and dress, in order to finest safeguard health-care workers during the pandemic.

Registered nurse Keene Roadman is shown garbed in personal protective devices throughout a training class at the Rush University Medical Center in2014 (Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)

British Columbia is planning ways to protect more personal protective equipment (PPE)– products such as gowns, gloves, and masks– in order to protect its health-care employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, states these protective supplies are being used at a drastically higher rate than anticipated.

According to the newest numbers revealed Wednesday, there are an overall of 659 cases in the province. A total of 64 COVID-19 clients are being treated in medical facility, consisting of 26 in intensive care. Many of the outbreak clusters in the province have actually been at long-lasting care houses.

” It’s a difficulty that we have 9 long-term-care center break outs where additional securities are needed in those centers,” Henry said at her daily presser Wednesday. “And then we now have increasing varieties of individuals in medical facility, which is going through method more individual protective devices than we anticipated.”

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Paramedics using complete body protective equipment clean a stretcher after reacting to a call. Nurses’ and doctors’ associations have cautioned of a risk of a PPE shortage. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Earlier today, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) and Ontario Medical Association (OMA) prompted its provincial government to attend to scarcities of protective equipment.

Henry stated the security of health-care employees is of critical significance.

” It’s a reflection of how difficult it is for health-care employees who feel extremely vulnerable as we are operating in these situations, worrying about getting ill ourselves, stressing over passing it on to our families … however likewise being able to take care of people efficiently,” Henry stated.

” That’s our wicked issue.”

She says there are a couple of things the province is doing to address the space.

It is putting in place procedures to try to utilize products better and effectively– like making use of different patient management methods so medical staff don’t have to alter their equipment as frequently. New shipments are on order, and the province is likewise taking a look at alternative providers.

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” We are on a rare level right now however we do have a strategy for that,” she said.

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