Hospitals push to resume elective surgeries

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.

KIRO 7: Hospitals push to resume elective surgeries (4/28/20)