Nurses detailed a lack of coordination between governments and hospitals over protocols that could help stem the outbreak, with mask shortages a notable example.
Nurses were already working at full capacity before the outbreak, and many are facing a choice between paying their bills and calling in sick if they get exhausted or even catch the coronavirus.
In the case of a “domino effect” where nurses begin to get sick, one nurse warned, a nurse staffing crisis will only make the current health crisis worse.
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Maeleigh Soper, a registered travel nurse in Seattle, has been rationing masks and hand sanitizers for the past week.
She said her hospital, which went through a month’s worth of masks and hand sanitizers in three days, suspects that patients and families have been stealing medical supplies amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The novel coronavirus, which spread from China in late December, has since infected at least 169,000 people in every continent besides Antarctica.
US localities and businesses have taken steps to lessen the disease’s spread, so that the healthcare system won’t be overwhelmed by new patients. …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Strategy