Do our emergency staff have the needed PPE which stands for personal protective equipment during this pandemic?




Answered by Dr. Erin O'Connor, Deputy Medical Director, Emergency Medicine, UHN and Nicole Harada, Registered Nurse and Patient Care Coordinator, Toronto Western Hospital.
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Question:
Do our emergency staff have the needed PPE which stands for personal protective equipment during this pandemic?

Answer:
So we all do have the appropriate PPE to go in and care for these COVID positive Patients. It’s I know it's been very anxiety provoking with a lot of media talking about a shortage of PPE and getting the PPE quickly so you know in our emerge we have the stores that we need to take...

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Original air date: April 23, 2020. Information shared in this video was current at time of original broadcast.

Nicole Harada:
So we all do have the appropriate PPE to go in and care for these COVID positive Patients. It’s I know it's been very anxiety provoking with a lot of media talking about a shortage of PPE and getting the PPE quickly so you know in our emerge we have the stores that we need to take care of patients. The PPE is monitored to keep an eye and see if we're using more than we normally do, if maybe our volumes are going up so that we can prepare if we anticipate we're using more. But no one's going without proper PPE.

Dr. Erin O'Connor:
I having been in a lot of these planning committees UHN has been miles ahead of other hospitals across the country. I mean I'm in contact with many colleagues from across the country still and we were good four to six weeks in advanced compared to many other hospitals when it came to procurement and thinking of backup plans and backups of the backups and backups of the backup of the backups. It's actually been very impressive so even though it's been anxiety provoking I think we all have a lot of faith that the hospital has really put a lot of effort into making sure that we're well protected.


[Transcript copy is verbatim per the video]
Original air date: April 23, 2020. Information shared in this video was current at time of original broadcast.



Answered by Dr. Erin O'Connor, Deputy Medical Director, Emergency Medicine, UHN and Nicole Harada, Registered Nurse and Patient Care Coordinator, Toronto Western Hospital.
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