US nurses suspended after insisting on N95 masks
A group of ten nurses from Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California have been suspended after telling their managers they wouldn’t enter COVID-19 patient rooms without N95 masks, reports Huff Post.
The National Nurses Union said that the nurses are being paid but are not allowed to return to work pending an investigation from human resources.
Hundreds of doctors, nurses and other health care workers in the US say they’ve been asked to work without adequate protection, leading to protests, formal complaints, and the creation of DIY PPE, according to the article.
The US has suffered from a critical shortage of medical supplies including N95 masks as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lowering its standard for health care workers’ protective gear, including recommending if they run out of masks to use bandannas.
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Source: Huff Post