Doctors and Nurses Still Have to Reuse N95 Masks

Published on April 14, 2020

Despite Promises of More Masks, Doctors and Nurses Still Have to Reuse N95s

Los Angeles Times - Despite assurances from government leaders about adequate personal protective equipment supplies as well as COVID-19 numbers flattening, hospitals are stuck in a tough position as they try to navigate a nationwide shortage of medical personal protective equipment, particularly N95 masks. Nurses and doctors say hospitals are conserving gear by forcing staff to re-wear masks to stretch the existing supply — and endanger their own health.

The three Los Angeles hospitals run by PIH Health — Downey, Good Samaritan and Whittier — are running low on hand sanitizer and wipes. Jaime Diaz MD, PIH Health Downey Hospital chief medical officer shares how nurses on COVID-19 wards have been asked to wear a single N95 a day to conserve supplies.