Allow Maryland Healthcare Workers to wear PPE not supplied by their place of work

Allow Maryland Healthcare Workers to wear PPE not supplied by their place of work

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Kara Douglas started this petition to Governor Hogan and

The SARS-CoV2 Pandemic is causing a massive shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers everywhere. Protecting healthcare workers should be the number one priority.  Healthcare workers are the most likely to be exposed and spread the virus to other patients and co-workers.  If Maryland healthcare workers fall ill and need to be quarantined for 2 weeks then we will have even less providers to care for the sick patients.

According to the study by the CDC, NIH, Princeton, and UCLA, the virus is viable in the air for 3 hours after aerosolization. This means that if a patient coughs, sneezes, uses incentive spirometer, uses a nebulizer treatment, uses a CPAP or BiPap machine, the virus is in the air for next 3 hours.  The best way to prevent infection is to wear a PAPR or Respirator with a P100 filter- these are 99.97% efficient against all types of particulate.  The next best option is the N95 mask- these are 95% efficient against particulate. Most providers in Maryland are not allowed to wear either of these options while in the hospital due to the shortage. Maryland hospitals are not providing adequate PPE to most providers.  Some Maryland hospital administrators are prohibiting the use of PPE for front-line providers- even providers performing the most aerosolizing procedures such as intubations and bronchoscopies. The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation recommends wearing a minimum of N95 masks for all aerosolizing procedures in symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Some Maryland hospitals are not allowing providers to wear PPE due to low supply, and some Maryland hospitals are not allowing providers to wear PPE that staff purchases on their own.

This has forced Maryland healthcare workers to purchase their own PPE to protect themselves. This is a petition to allow Maryland Healthcare workers to wear their own PPE, in addition to any PPE supplied by their place of work, without any repercussions. The healthcare workers shall not be mandated to sign a waiver releasing their place of work from being held liable if the employee falls ill.

This is also a petition to supply the Maryland hospitals with an emergency supply of PPE including but not limited to: PAPRs, N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, protective gowns, gloves, shoe covers, and Tyvek suits.

 

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