Inspector General finds hospitals face ‘severe’ shortages of needed coronavirus supplies | TheHill
“Hospitals reported that widespread shortages of PPE put staff and patients at risk,” stated the report conducted March 23-27. It consisted of interviews with administrators from 323 randomly selected hospitals across the country.
Hospitals said they are turning in some cases to construction masks or homemade masks, which they worried put staff at risk.
Supplies from government stockpiles did not always help. One hospital reported receiving 2,300 crucial N95 masks from a state stockpile, only to find they were not useable because the elastic bands had rotted. Another hospital said its last two shipments from a federal agency contained protective equipment that had expired in 2010.
One hospital said it is accepting homemade cloth gowns from a quilter’s guild to try to address supply problems.
“The level of anxiety among staff is like nothing I’ve ever seen,” one hospital administrator said.