Doctors in distress, quarantine send SOS for more protective gear, tests: 'It’s a complete mess'

From the front lines:

3/26/2020

From the front lines:

Frontline health care providers around the country are sounding alarm bells about the lack of protective gear and lack of rapid response testing -- and some are even doing so from quarantine.

Chief Medical Officer at MDstaffers Dr. Dan Field joins Trace Gallagher to give insight into the healthcare system amid the coronavirus outbreak. Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here . Frontline health care providers around the country are sounding alarm bells about the rationing of protective gear and lack of rapid response COVID-19 testing -- and some are even doing so from quarantine. Distressed doctors and other health care professionals have been sidelined from the pandemic response because they have suspected cases of coronavirus. They are home with their quarantined spouses and kids, but in a sign of how disjointed the coronavirus response has been, some doctors have no idea if they are actually infected. NYC HOSPITAL STAFF SEEN WEARING TRASH BAGS FOR PROTECTION, CO-WORKER DIES FROM INFECTION "It's pretty frustrating that we have celebrities and basketball players getting tested the same day," said Dr. Damian Caraballo, a Tampa emergency room physician who had been quarantined for a week before learning he was negative. "But if you're a doctor or nurse you can't get tested [immediately]. You're waiting six or seven days to find out your results." Dr. Damian Caraballo, a Tampa emergency room physician, was quarantined after treating COVID-19 patients. He had to wait 6.5 days for his test results to come back negative. Full NBA teams have already been tested for the coronavirus. The Brooklyn Nets paid a private company to get the tests and learned four players were positive. Politicians are getting tested and finding swift results. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, was tested Monday and got his negative results back the next day. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife were tested and seemingly received their negative results within hours. Meantime, Caraballo, 39, and at least one of his colleagues had been home quarantined and presumed infected from one of the COVID-19 patients he's treated in the emergency room. He's joined with other health care professionals around the nation saying the lack of N95 respirator masks and other protective gear is a dangerous embarrassment that will lead to more doctors out of commission and unable to treat the rapidly spreading virus. Not only is the dwindling supply of masks, gowns and gloves putting health care workers in peril, but the lack of widespread rapid response testing means doctors don't even know what patients coming into their hospital need to be isolated, the doctors say. CORONAVIRUS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Patients can come into the emergency room without any coronavirus symptoms, for conditions such as a broken ankle, and they aren't in isolation. Doctors aren't necessarily suited up in gear for asymptomatic patients for rationing reasons. But the danger is that patients may still be infected without obvious symptoms and unprotected health care professionals are at grave risk, doctors say. Dr. Haig Aintablian, president of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident and Student Association, said up to 100 ER residents are in quarantine nationwide and the main two factors are lack of rapid testing and lack of personal protection. "It’s a complete mess, and our government is not doing enough to fix this issue," Aintablian told Fox News. NYC'S ELMHURST HOSPITAL AT CORONAVIRUS BREAKING POINT AS 13 PATIENTS DIE IN 24-HOUR SPAN "I’ve heard from numerous residents nationwide that they are being denied appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) by administrators, likely due to a huge shortage," he said. "Some residents are being handed one N95 mask to use for weeks at a time. We all know these masks are single-use, and using them multiple times can not only spread viral particles but also prevent their function in protecting our trainees." Doctors around the country have varying supplies of personal protective equipment. Some say they have enough gear now, but have to ration their masks because they don't know when replenishments are on the way. Doctors want the ability to do on-site testing with results back in under an hour so they can accurately isolate patients and protect themselves. Dr. Purvi Parikh, an immunologist in Manhattan, works in a clinic treating patients with allergies, asthma and immune deficiencies – a population that’s at a higher risk to contract COVID-19. But her office is out of N-95 masks and gowns and every time they try to place a new order it gets canceled. She’s had to reuse her N-95 over and over again for the last week. She’s also down to her last box of less protective paper surgical masks. They’ve had to lock up the rest of the surgical mask supplies after a few boxes were stolen. This is the last box of surgical masks in Dr. Purvi Parikh's Manhattan office. (Contributed photo) “I've basically just been spraying the outside [of my N95 mask] with Lysol and hoping for the best," Parikh said. "All doctors are sharing tips on how to sterilize something that's not meant to be sterilized. "These are disposable items you're supposed to be using a different one with every single patient, whereas we're using it for like days on end," added Parikh. Still, she considers herself lucky. "People are jealous of me when they hear I have one [N95]. That's how crazy it is," she said. As more health care workers are quarantined or testing positive around the country, doctors said without the proper equipment and tests, more in their ranks will be knocked out. It's unclear nationwide how many health care workers so far are quarantined or have tested positive. But the statistics available show a grim picture. In Ohio, about 16 percent of COVID-19 cases are health care workers, Read more: Fox News

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America meeds to step off its high horse, set aside political bs redtape laws&get💩done! 4fs wont even let the dying have their last rights! I'd almost bet that the assholes that ban smoking in most their hospitals don't even have a property functioning air vent system anymore! Chicken Little the sky is falling.

Kylie Jenner Donates $1 Million to Buy Masks and Face Shields for Coronavirus First Responders'One of my patients, a beautiful Living Angel just donated $1,000,000 to help us buy hundreds of thousands of masks, face shields, and other protective gear,' Kylie Jenner's doctor wrote on Instagram Thank you KylieJenner The issue isn’t the money they issue is the production... I would hope so since she’s worth 1 billion

Kylie Jenner Donates A Reported $1 Million To Coronavirus ReliefThe money will go toward buying face masks and other protective gear for healthcare workers. Thanks 🙏!!!! Billionaire donates a million. That's like having a thousand dollars in your wallet and only giving a dollar to a passing homeless man. Eat the rich! 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

Kylie Jenner Donates $1 Million To First Responders For Coronavirus ReliefThe 22-year-old makeup mogul's generous donation will help provide protective gear for Los Angeles hospitals.

Kylie Jenner Donated $1 Million for COVID-19 Relief to Los Angeles HospitalsThe funds will be used to buy protective gear. This is the time that money really can help people thank u Kylie 😘 Very kind 💕

Kylie Jenner Donates A Reported $1 Million To Coronavirus ReliefThe money will go toward buying face masks and other protective gear for healthcare workers.

Kylie Jenner Donated $1 Million for COVID-19 Relief to Los Angeles HospitalsThe funds will be used to buy protective gear. Still doing more than some 'leaders'. 👏🏼



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