Coronavirus Healthcare Workers Supplies

Coronavirus Healthcare Workers Supplies

Within three months, workers over half a million COVID-19 cases have been report around the world. The US has the highest number COVID-19-related deaths, while Italy has more than twice the COVID-19-related deaths as China. In recent days, deaths from COVID-19 have exceeded those in China. It is likely that France and the US will soon follow their lead. COVID-19 is well-establish in the West. Most people are encourage to stay home, but this is not an option to frontline healthcare workers.

Alarming Rates Of Infected Healthcare Workers Are Alarming

Healthcare workers infect with severe COVID-19 have been increasing alarmingly in countries where the health infrastructure is overwhelm.

More than 6,000 healthcare workers in Italy have been infect with COVID, representing 9% of all COVID cases. Spain has 17% of all female COVID-19 patients who are healthcare workers. This is 12% of all COVID-19 victims. More than 2,000 Chinese healthcare workers had COVID-19 laboratory confirmed, with 88% of these cases occurring in the most affected Hubei province.

Single rooms are use to care for COVID-19 patients in Australia. Soon, however, it will be necessary for COVID-19 patient to be care for in ICUs and wards. This known as cohorting, as COVID-19 can’t be contract from any other patient on the same ward.

COVID-19 spread primarily through virus-containing droplets. These droplets are release when an infect person coughs, sneezes or talks. They can then infect others who are within close proximity to them and on nearby surfaces. This is why it is important to keep at least 1.5m from others and to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette.

Masks, Gloves, Gloves, And Gowns That We Need

Personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes masks, gloves, and gowns for healthcare workers, is use to protect against infection in hospitals. Aerosols are smaller particles of virus that can be inhale by patients who are critically ill. If aerosols are possible, PPE requirements require the use of a respirator (also known by N95 or P2 mask) and a negative pressure. This creates a vacuum to keep contaminated air from escaping.

It is amazing how much PPE is require to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the WHO, frontline healthcare workers will need at least 89 Million Masks, 30 Million Gowns, 1.6 Million Gloves, 76,000,000 Gloves and 2.9 Mio Liters of Hand Sanitizer every month during the global COVID-19 response

Healthcare Workers Are At Risk From Mask Hoarding And Misusing

The WHO also reported that panic buying, hoarding, and misuse of PPE put lives at risk for COVID-19. Care workers who are caring for COVID-19 patients are at greatest risk. This is why many unlucky Australian healthcare workers have been infect by COVID-19 at work. Four of them were from Werribee Mercy in Melbourne’s western region.

Healthcare workers will be protect if COVID-19 cases are detect early. It is recommend that surgical masks be use in high-risk settings like ICUs, emergency rooms and COVID-19 screening clinics.

Many countries’ PPE supply has been exhausted, causing healthcare workers to be unable to provide adequate protection for COVID-19 patients. The consumption of a finite supply of PPE can be accelerated by inappropriate and irrational PPE use, such as the use of masks when there is no risk to droplet transmission or airborne transmission.

It Is Urgent To Secure Workers More PPE

Federal, state, and territory governments work hard to ensure enough PPE is available to stop this situation in Australia. This includes increasing domestic production and capacity. Local industry has responded by allowing companies that previously made other products to now make hand hygiene products and masks. This urgent work is necessary because a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases could quickly consume existing PPE supplies.

International crisis strategies are being used to address mask shortages. They include prolonged use, single-use by healthcare workers, and extended use beyond the manufacturer’s shelf life. However, these are not common practices. Also, work is being done to sterilize masks for re-use. This is also not a standard practice.

PPE misuse can also pose a risk to healthcare workers. This could be due to inattention, fatigue, inadequate training or inattention. Our emergency response includes critical training of healthcare workers to use PPE correctly.

Healthcare workers are at high risk, just like everyone else. The majority of infections in China’s healthcare workers can be traced back to a COVID-19-positive household member. More healthcare workers in Australia will become infected by COVID-19 as the spread of the disease becomes more widespread.