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What to Do if You Lack PPE On Assignment

Mar 23, 2020

All of us at NEXTLocums are encouraged and humbled by the incredible work from each of our providers. We are working to the best of our ability to support your efforts to keep you and your patients safe. We are hearing from you concerning the need for more supplies to provide safe and effective care to your patients. We are in communication with our hospital partners advocating on your behalf.

We are aware of the guidance of the CDC regarding expectations of care in the absence of adequate isolation supplies. While we understand their position on patient care during these times of crisis, know we are here to support you  our staff on the frontlines.

If you feel that you are being asked to take a patient care assignment that places your health at risk due to lack of appropriate equipment, we support the AMA’s position that you need adequate supplies and equipment to provide safe and effective care to your patients. You have the right to refuse that patient care assignment if it placed your health at risk.

We support and have signed a petition to lobby the government to act quickly and get the needed supplies to the frontlines where they are needed.

We have no doubt that the facilities you work with are doing their best to provide you with the supplies needed to provide the best possible patient care. In the event you experience a shortage of the needed supplies please contact us so that we can work with your facility and advocate on your behalf.

Useful Resources:

CDC most recent update on Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks

CDC position on Pandemic Planning: Recommended Guidance for Extended Use and Limited Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators in  Healthcare settings

We want to hear from you. Please feel free to reach out to us with anything you might require to do your best work, and to stay safe and healthy.

On behalf of our entire company, thank you for the work you do. We are working hard to support you!