Nurses say hospitals aren’t prepared for COVID-19 surge during flu season




, Nurses say hospitals aren’t prepared for COVID-19 surge during flu season

Nurses allege that U.S. hospitals do not have primary an infection management and prevention measures in place as they face one other surge of COVID-19 circumstances, this time throughout flu season.

In a current survey, Nationwide Nurses United, a nationwide union of registered nurses, discovered that solely 18% of nurses labored in hospitals the place there was surge capability planning and preparation.

“Hospitals are persevering with to fail in terms of preparation for COVID-19, whilst flu season begins,” NNU Govt Director Bonnie Castillo, a registered nurse, mentioned in a ready assertion. “They’ve had practically a 12 months to get their act collectively. We must always not nonetheless be working beneath disaster requirements of care. Their lack of preparation means they’re knowingly sacrificing the lives of nurses and different well being care staff.”

The survey discovered that nurses aren’t being examined for COVID-19, aren’t being notified instantly after they’re uncovered to the virus, do not have sufficient private protecting tools and are coping with unsafe staffing ranges. Nurses additionally say their psychological well being has been affected by the pandemic.

From the survey:

  • Seventeen p.c of hospital RNs say there may be common PPE use of their emergency departments.
  • Lower than 9% of hospital nurses say there are plans to triage sufferers with respiratory signs open air.
  • Twenty p.c of nurses and 27% of hospital nurses say that every one sufferers are screened for respiratory issues earlier than admission.
  • Twelve p.c of nurses say their employer has elevated PPE provide in preparation for a COVID-19 surge throughout flu season.
  • Eleven p.c of nurses say they obtained coaching on recognizing respiratory infections.

The survey was accomplished Oct. 16 to Nov. 9 and concerned unionized and nonunion nurses in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and two U.S. territories.

The flu season hits as COVID-19 circumstances are surging throughout the U.S. Prior to now week, there have been 883,827 COVID-19 circumstances within the nation, a quantity that has been rising by about 100,000 circumstances per day, in line with the CDC.

“Circumstances are at file highs throughout the nation, and with the vacations rapidly approaching, every of us should do every part attainable to cut back the unfold of COVID-19. Failing to do our half will delay the struggling and disruption to our lives, and inevitably result in extra deaths of our mates, neighbors and family members,” mentioned American Medical Affiliation President Dr. Susan Bailey.

The AMA mentioned physicians are involved in regards to the newest spike in circumstances coinciding with flu season and the way that can have an effect on PPE shortages, checks and testing provides and hospitals’ intensive care unit capability.