Washington nurses call for more protective gear before restarting elective surgeries


SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington nurses are calling for more personal protec­tive equip­ment (PPE) ahead of Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to allow elective surgeries to restart in the state. 

Inslee said this that elective medical proce­dures, outdoor recre­ation and some construc­tion are likely to be among the first indus­tries to return to business, with new safety and health measures in place. 

The Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion writes that 89% of nurses repre­sented by the union in 75% of the largest repre­sented hospital and facil­i­ties are deliv­ering care without suffi­cient PPE.


KREM 2: Washington nurses call for more protective gear before restarting elective surgeries (4/23/20)