Hospitals push to resume elective surgeries

Published by KIRO 7 on 4/28/20 (Source)

Sally Watkins, executive director of the Washington State Nurses Association, says the biggest concern about restarting elective surgeries is the lack of personal protective equipment.

"We still are hearing from our members that we don't have adequate PPE and if we start things back too quickly it's just going to exacerbate that problem," Watkins said.

The union produced a video showing soiled masks, and masks stored in paper bags to be used again.

“We don’t want to see those kinds of practices become the new norm and be considered acceptable,” Watkins said.