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Oakland, CA

Equip ER staff for COVID-19 crisis

Hospitals around the country are facing unprecedented supply shortages, including essential equipment needed to protect medical providers from infectious diseases like COVID-19. At Highland Hospital, a large county hospital in Oakland, California that serves a wide array of patients, medical providers are facing a shortage of PAPRs (pronounced "pappers"). PAPRs are filtered masks that completely cover the head , and they are essential for intubating patients (placing breathing tubes) with COVID-19, a procedure that is necessary for serious cases. Currently, the Highland emergency department only has 3, which means that only one unstable COVID-19 patient can be safely resuscitated at a time. The shortage places patients and medical providers at risk, since the  high likelihood of having multiple critical COVID-19 patients guarantees that staff will be dangerously exposed, or patients will be treated less effectively. 

From my sister, a doctor in the emergency department at Highland Hospital:

" I fear that we will have to choose between life-saving resuscitation measures for our patients, and protecting ourselves. I don't want to have to make that choice, and I don't think we should have to. Our low number of PAPRs is unreasonable given what we're expecting. Ideally, I think we should have 9-12, but right now we only have 3.

There are requests in place, and people at the frontlines are voicing their concerns. But given that our public hospital is already strapped, I think we need to explore other avenues to keep doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists safe in face of this pandemic.

I came home last night and thought, now that we're no longer out of hand sanitizer, what would it take for me to feel safe at work? What do I need to face this crisis? I need for my whole team to be adequately protected, and having PAPRs (these protective respirators for everyone who is resuscitating and intubating unstable victims of the COVID19 pandemic). I am asking for 9 more, so we are well equipped, which would be $15,000." 

local news coverage - hear Highland nurses' concerns here

A pic of my sister Rebecca, SIL Tara and their 2 yr old Naya - protect these three and all the other medical professionals and their families who are putting themselves in harm's way to keep us safe!
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More pics of Highland staff and their families - let's keep these people safe, they are risking their health and safety to take care of us in this time of crisis!

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Liz Miller 
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Oakland, CA

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