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Ongoing PPE Woes
ANA survey reveals shortages, frequent reuse
Is your facility running short on personal protective equipment (PPE)? If so, you’re far from alone. A new ANA survey finds widespread shortages — and widespread reuse of PPE intended to be single-use.
Although it’s now more than seven months into the pandemic, the problems of inadequate PPE supplies for healthcare workers have not gone away. The latest ANA survey found that 62 percent of nurses nationwide are still experiencing at least occasional shortages of vital protective equipment.
This includes N95 respirators, which, along with medical masks, are among the most important tools nurses have for protecting themselves from infection. Although most N95 respirators are intended to be discarded after each use, 68 percent of nurses say their facility requires them to reuse respirators, while 20 percent say reuse is encouraged, though not explicitly required.