Hospitals Hit Critical Levels

Hospitals Hit Critical Levels

( – Everyone is struggling to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, especially hospitals and their staff. Nurses, doctors, and technicians are burning through medical supplies on the front lines as they do their best to treat patients and save lives. While this is putting a major strain on hospital financial and medical resources alike, it’s also raising concerns about how medical staff can be healthy, pay their bills, and have access to the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need.

A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows the areas where hospitals and their personnel feel most pinched. Over 300 hospitals were surveyed during the week of March 23-27. Although the data is two weeks old, this appears to be the first publicly-available documentation on what hospitals are telling the federal government.

The top complaint was the shortage and waiting time of testing supplies and PPE requested by hospitals.

Although everyone’s under strain, especially those on the medical frontlines of the outbreak, Trump sees light at the end of the tunnel. Additional ventilators are being produced by General Motors and Trump is having more companies produce other medical supplies under the Defense Production Act (DPA). We can all do our part to ease the strain on our hospitals by following CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing, and wearing masks if you have to go out in public.

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