New directive from hospitals for employees

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Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
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That’s strange. Our hospital is sending anyone home who is sick to self isolate for 14 days.

Post # 17
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Busy bee

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ashleyroo :  except that most health care workers will get exposed to it at one time or another. There just is not enough masks, gowns, gloves to go around. CDC guidelines say that if we can’t find enough PPE then use bandanas and household gloves etc. There just are not enough workers and there is not enough PPE

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
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butfirstchampagne :  Trump says whatever he wants. That doesn’t make it true. The fact of the matter is that this directive has been given because US hospitals DO NOT have enough PPE to adequately protect everyone at this point. I’m in a relatively hard hit area, and I work at a hospital. Luckily I can do my job from home. But I know my hospital is so close to running out of PPE that they are discussing the need for HCWs to DIY masks at home, which obviously will be way less effective, but the thinking is that this is better than no mask. The situation is awful.

The CDC have given directive that HCWs should wear bandanas instead of no mask at all when masks run out. It’s an absolutely ridiculous suggestion, but it’s due to the current situation of hospitals not having enough PPE.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
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Yep. Basically the directive at mine is…if you are fever free, come to work.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
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Wild! My good friend works for Thermo-Fisher, a major company processing tests, and she’s said she’s never had more strict lab regulations when working with samples. Suits, gloves, goggles, masks and face shields. Obviously a different occupation, but they are maintaining very strict regulations with tests!

Unprotected handling of other patients and the lack of protection of our healthcare workers makes me concerned. Our new soldiers on the front, I solute you ❤️

Post # 23
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Bumble bee

So my manager finally realised this afternoon that it might not be a great idea for me to be in work treating heart failure patients after I’ve been around someone who died of Covid, been sent home to self isolate for 7 days, extended to 14 if I have symptoms. My fiancée on the hand has been told it’s business as usual, she a physio and treats extremely high risk patients such as those with cancer on chemotherapy, but as long as she’s symptom free they’re not worried?! 

Post # 24
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Worker bee

Health care worker here in Florida…  We have tents delivered to treat positive patients of COVID-19.  They have stated that they will assure pay for 60 days if you are diplaced but that they are working on re-assgingn you to another department if needed. If you are not workin in the ED or registration area they are not providing masks.

All visitation has been cancelled except in the even of someone dying.

 

Post # 25
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Worker bee

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franklymydearidont :  Oh I know that whatever Trump says isn’t the truth. But I am genuinely shocked that the US is running out of PPE. I’m an ED nurse in Australia and never in a million years would we have health staff walking around without masks on during a pandemic. 

We also get 7 days isolation if symptoms, even if tested neg to covid-19

Post # 26
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Bumble bee

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butfirstchampagne :  To be fair, I don’t think anyone in the U.S., or Italy, or other places where this is happening could have envisioned this scenario several weeks ago either. I hope Australia will be better equipped than the U.S. if and when shit hits the fan and hospitals get overrun. The outbreak isn’t as bad there yet so hopefully you guys will be more successful at containment than we have been.

Post # 27
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emilyofnewmoon :  Yeh Europe is struggling with PPE too. My cousin is a doctor in France and the French army has actually donated all their PPE to government hospitals. Many manufacturing companies are also working on reusable masks (mainly aimed for the general public keeping the disposable ones for health workers). 

Honestly, Australia is in the same boat as the US and UK…. government is a bit all over the place. 

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
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I’m a healthcare worker and they are only requiring the emergency department staff to wear masks. The only people getting the N-95 masks are those working directly with suspected or known cases. It’s very frustrating to be working in health care right now!! I don’t feel like the nurses are safe! 

Post # 30
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Newbee

Definitely not at my health system – though it’s a very well known, top 5 system, so that may be part of it? That’s ridiculous and SO unsafe.

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