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ANA Asks for Clarity on COVID-19 PPE
Changing CDC recommendations lead to confusion for nurses
With spiraling demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) among healthcare providers and the public alike, the CDC keeps changing its PPE recommendations for dealing with COVID-19. The ANA is now asking for “a more definitive statement” about appropriate PPE for healthcare workers.
The Respirator Question
Mask or respirator? That’s the central question behind the CDC’s ever-changing PPE guidance for healthcare workers dealing with known or suspected cases of COVID-19.
In early March, CDC guidance recommended respirators for direct contact with patients who may have the 2019 novel coronavirus. In fact, the CDC went so far as to ask the FDA to authorize emergency use of some N95 respirators that aren’t FDA-approved for healthcare settings, hoping to mitigate supply issues.