With many healthcare facilities facing shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE)—including face masks, gowns, and respirators—during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has released a statement on the issue. ACS believes “it is essential that surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other healthcare personnel be able to speak freely, without fear of retribution, as they seek to find a solution to accessing PPE,” the statement notes. Moreover the ACS “strongly supports the ability of surgeons to use their own masks or other PPE, but this option does not obviate the hospital’s responsibility to provide adequate PPE to all their healthcare workers.”
Read the full statement online HERE.
Source: American College of Surgeons