Health Care Workers Getting Sick Amid Shortage Of Hospital Supplies | The Last Word | MSNBC Updated on March 25, 2020 By William Clement 36 Comments By William Clement 36 Comments wizzy one March 19, 2020 American exceptionalism at its very finest. Reply Ro G March 19, 2020 To be clear, these healthcare workers cannot re-use masks if they are checking on a patient who may not be infected. That is why the need is so dire. Every person they test requires new masks. That's why a hospital in Seattle can go through a year's supply in 3 months. Reply Arcane March 19, 2020 healthcare workers need these supplies because they need to replace all their protective equipment from one patient to the next because if they don't, they might be giving the virus to one patient from the patient just before them. Reply Hey Ho let’s go !! March 19, 2020 These healthcare workers are hero’s ! They deserve to have what they need ! Reply L1nkn1vy March 19, 2020 American businesses need to switch to making equipment to fight Coronavirus like businesses switched to making war equipment for World War II Reply Jeff Allen March 19, 2020 ONE NAME – ONE POLICY. BERNIE SANDERS – MEDICARE FOR ALL.. Denmark, Canada,Sweden, Germany all of Europe has done this. It did not bankrump those countries and nobody is calling these countries socialist or communist.. stop telling people it can't be done. Reply David J March 19, 2020 When Ebola broke out in West Africa in 2014, President Obama recognized that responding to the outbreak overseas, while also protecting Americans at home, involved multiple U.S. government departments and agencies, none of which were speaking to one another. So to bring order and harmony to the chaos, he create a coherent multiagency response overseas and on the homefront. Building on the Ebola experience, President Obama set up a permanent epidemic monitoring and command group inside the White House National Security Council, and another in the Department of Homeland Security—both of which followed the scientific and public health leads of the National Institutes of Health, and the CDC, and the diplomatic advice of the State Department. But that’s all gone now. In May 2018, Trump ordered the NSC’s entire global health security unit shut down. This was the directorate charged with preparing for when, not if, another pandemic would hit the nation. Trump’s elimination of the office suggested, along with his proposed budget cuts for the CDC, that he did not see or comprehend the threat of pandemics. Trump said that COVID-19 “came out of nowhere” and “blindsided the world.” His comments left scientists, doctors, and national security experts in a state of shock. Because experts had been warning about the next pandemic for years. “One year later I was mystified when the White House dissolved the office, leaving the country less prepared for pandemics like COVID-19,” Beth Cameron, the first director of the unit, wrote in an op-ed. She said the directorate was set up to be the “smoke alarm” and get ahead of emergencies and sound a warning at the earliest sign of fire — “all with the goal of avoiding a six-alarm fire.” In the spring of 2018, Trump pushed Congress to cut funding for Obama-era disease security programs, reducing $15 billion in national health spending and cutting the global disease-fighting operational budgets of the CDC, NSC, DHS, and HHS. And the government’s $30 million Complex Crises Fund was eliminated. Reply lea mcdonald March 19, 2020 Is there access to supplies of painter's mask and if companies are willing to make respirators why not mass-produced these masks geez how long can it take to produce them Reply She's my President March 19, 2020 MSNBCannibals and Chinese government will be forced to pay reparations for the WuHan Virus .. Reply lea mcdonald March 19, 2020 Also watching Rachel maddow's show about the thermometers I was just saying the other day there should be an app for that everyone should have access to a thermometer will be so helpful in detecting High Temps Reply Si Yang March 19, 2020 Beautiful test so beautiful hehehe Haha Democrats hoax fake virus hehehe Haha get ready Americans people's hehehe Reply GH11 March 19, 2020 I'm an ER Nurse around the Seattle area and the mask supply is so dire! In our hospital the N95s are on lock down by the ER Charge Nurse out of the entire hospital. Every pt that is coming thru triage with a cough or fever gets a mask but we are running out of masks! And the general public is horrible at covering coughs and most pts end up taking off the masks anyway, you can imagine what it's like being a beside provider. I honestly don't know how were going to get thru the next month if we're burning thru our protective supplies at this rate. If we get sick, who's gonna take care of you or your loved ones. Reply Allen Carrera March 19, 2020 What does it take for you to do that? Uh, a paycheck Reply Dark Angel EX Satanic Cult March 19, 2020 They are not tested people they don't Care if people die or suffering they need a cure fast for this a year or 18 months is to long Reply kobinwa March 19, 2020 Are they providing room and board for these healthcare workers so they don't have to then go home and expose their family members? Without having proper PPE they are not only exposing other patients and staff members but also their spouses and children and themselves, if they have to return to their homes everyday. Reply Nicki Snyder March 19, 2020 Because Trump stole all the corona money….just like the Ukraine money. Why did the congress put the money in his hands? We all know by now that he can't help himself. Of course he did something shady with all that money. Why didn't the congress take that first 2.5 billion & buy test kits from the WHO & send them out to hospitals.If they had we the medical community could have halted the spread at the onset. If trump had put an infectious disease Dr in charge of this & gone golfing….this never would have gotten so out of control. Why did they hand the money over to this know grifter? We saw the first thing he did? A meeting with CEO's! Who will give the largest donations to my reelection fund (which he personally steals from we found out in the past) I will give those donors these huge contracts for all this corona stuff. If congress is supposed to have the power of the purse they need to actually do the spending! With other Presidents, congress could simply "designate" the money for this or that….& the POTUS used it for that. But now we have a king. One who knows he can do whatever he wants without consequences. Who thinks he is capable of honestly handling all that money? We need to have congress do the actual purchasing…trump always has to tie some shady clause to any transaction. Reply Deborah Freedman March 19, 2020 The downside to disposable masks and gowns. Fifty years ago hospitals had cloth surgical masks, gowns, and other linens. They were laundered, then sterilized in large autoclaves. During an epidemic, more volunteers were needed to do that laundry and sterilization, but you didn't run out. Maybe we should return to reusable gowns, caps, booties and masks. Not only would it be better for the environment, but hospitals would not be so dependent on an interruptible supply chain. Reply Dara K March 19, 2020 Everybody knew it's comming 2 months ago and they don't have masks before pandemic started looks like they stealing Reply MAD MAX TOTAL ANARCHY IS HERE. March 19, 2020 QUIT AND GET OUT OF THESE HOSPITALS. Reply A March 19, 2020 Hospitals charge enormous prices, therefore, they have the means to provide protective wear for each of their employees & OSHA should have made sure of it in state & federal regulated guidelines. OSHA & hospitals has failed workers & patients & should be held accountable. This is outrageous. Reply Laurie Huntley March 19, 2020 Dumb question lawemce Reply Trump News March 19, 2020 Fake news Reply mtronix March 19, 2020 SHAME ON THIS ADMINISTRATION!!! plz if there is a god plz send the virus through the halls of the wh Reply Edward Edwards March 19, 2020 would sleep apnea machines serve as ventilator machines? If the virus attacks the lungs and is why they are in such demand would they work if not how to retro fit or tweek them most house holds has a potential ventilator machine. I'm no rocket scientist but prolly time to start thinking of solutions. if they are having such a hard time getting individual machines could there be a central machine with backflow prevention with several hoses Reply Obi Wan R March 19, 2020 We need tests, and surplus of hospital gear to all hospitals. Quartine is not enough, every while in quarantine needs to demand resources….especislly to hospitals!!! Reply Histopher Citchens March 19, 2020 If America can stock-pile million-dollar tanks and bombs, just in case…Why weren’t thousand-dollar ventilators, and other medical equipment stock-piled, just in case?Both are needed to protect Americans… Right?That's the real question. Reply ruth depew March 19, 2020 Until further notice, we must assume that every person we meet is an asymptomatic carrier and take appropriate precautions. Relying on symptoms is a deadly course to follow. Reply s r March 19, 2020 Health care workers should be tested first no? Or NBA teams? Reply Zazo Dream Mindfulness March 19, 2020 I can make masks https://www.etsy.com/listing/771379130/handmade-surgical-face-mask?ref=listing_published_alert I dont have the fabric for the gowns but I am willing to make it if the hospital sources it for me. Reply Lucy Buehl March 19, 2020 If the nurses aren't able to wear protective gear then they will only be spreading the virus between patients! This is the twenty first century and we cannot produce enough protective gear?????This is the worlds largest and strongest economy- we've got the wrong priorities as a nation if this is the reality- Reply Jean McGlennon March 19, 2020 Now can trump fans see.the GOP are failing this country.the greed and profit before life.state run labs and hospital no help.private run labs all they need FACT NOT LIE Reply Dakota March 19, 2020 IF THE PREVIOUS MORAN PRESIDENTS HAD STOCKPILED BILLIONS OF THESE SUPPLIES WE WOULD NOT BE IN THIS POSITION! IMBECILES LIKE CLINTON, BUSH'S, OVOMIT INSTEAD OF LINING OWN POCKETS! THIS VIRUS IS LESS THAN 3 MO IN USA & TRUMP HAS DONE AMAZING RESPONSE, CUTTING REGULATIONS, MOBILIZING ALL LABS IN USA, MANUFACTURERS, COMPANIES INTO MAKING TEST KITS, MASKS, RESPIRATORS, 24/7 SEVEN DAY WEEK PRODUCTION! ITS NOT HIS FAULT THERE WAS ZERO IN STOCK! REMEMBER HE IS ONE PERSON FORMING TASK FORCE WITH THE BEST AND NO HELP FROM DEMS, HATE MEDIA EXCEPT FOR THEIR FEAR MONGERING/PANIC PUSHING HOARDING. THANK MEDIA FOR EMPTY STORE SHELVES!! THEY PUSH HATE/FEAR/GLOOM. THEY R WORSE 4 AMERICA'S DESTRUCTION THAN VIRUS.TRUMP DOESN'T TAKE A SALARY. HOW MANY DIRTY CORRUPT DEMS WILL DONATE THEIRS TO LOW HOURLY WORKERS? Reply mark price March 20, 2020 I think it's time we tapped into the surplus of supplies/ventilators/masks//ppe that were stock piled from Obama's term. Reply Tigro delNorte March 20, 2020 When the man comes aroundhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiMXK9eDrMY Reply dgmoocher D r March 21, 2020 This lady acts as though there's an infinite supply of masks and gear just waiting for her in a secret stockpile. It doesn't work that way. It has to be manufactured… Reply Carla Tolentino March 21, 2020 I work in Phoenix AZ and we are really short on the PPE Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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