The previous week has seen many strides towards addressing the challenges rising from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.
Days after declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a nationwide emergency, President Donald Trump used his govt authority to invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA).
In a letter to President Trump, the AMA, American Hospital Association (AHA) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) urged the president to “immediately use the DPA to increase the domestic production of medical supplies and equipment that hospitals, health systems, physicians, nurses and all front line providers so desperately need.”
The rising provide chain scarcity of private protecting tools (PPE) and the ripple impact to these on the entrance traces is a foremost concern for all well being care professionals.
This letter places a finer level on the urgency expressed in a March 16 letter despatched to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, by which the AMA, AHA and the ANA wrote that the COVID-19 financial stimulus package deal ought to embody $1 billion to be sure that “hospitals, health systems, physicians and nurses are viable and directly supported for preparedness and response.”
Why it’s essential: The AMA has been loud and clear that the scarcity of PPE stays a excessive precedence, which was bolstered by AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, throughout a latest digital assembly with President Trump and Vice President Pence.
The letter to President Trump underscores the significance of swift motion. “Even with an infusion of supplies from the strategic stockpile and other federal resources, there will not be enough medical supplies, including ventilators, to respond to the projected COVID-19 outbreak. We have heard of health care providers reusing masks or resorting to makeshift alternatives for masks,” the letter reads
Concerns have been raised in regards to the dwindling provides of: N95 respirators, ventilators, isolation robes, isolation masks, surgical masks, eye safety, intensive care unit tools and diagnostic testing provides.
Learn extra: The AMA is teaming with the important companions in well being care to attain the highest ranges of authorities to struggle for physicians and sufferers by listening to entrance line physicians and channeling their collective voices into motion.
Visit the AMA COVID-19 resource center for a complete place to discover the newest sources and updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.