Survey: 87% of America’s Nurses Forced to Reuse Protective Equipment

Health Care Workers Protest Lack Of PPE In Southern California

Health Care Workers Protest Lack Of PPE In Southern California

Here's what the fight against COVID-19 looks like from the perspective of nurses, and it doesn't look good.

National Nurses United surveyed nearly 23,000 nurses across the entire US. 87% reported having to reuse single-use disposable respirators or masks with a COVID-19 patient. 28% had to reuse decontaminated respirators with confirmed COVID-19 patients.

72% reported exposed skin or clothing while caring for suspected or confirmed patients. 27% say they've had to care for COVID-19 patients without proper PPE. 84% of nurses say they haven't been tested. Of those who have been, more than 500 have come back positive.

One-third of nurses say employers have required them to use their own sick-leave, vacation, or paid-time off if they need to self-quarantine. Multiple protests have been coordinated by nurses on the front lines to address these issues.

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