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Petition to Florida Governor, Donald J. Trump, Marco Rubio, Rick Scott, Donna E. Shalala, Carlos A. Gimenez, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

MASS TESTING for Covid before any orders for social distancing are relaxed!

Experts are unanimously and universally recommending MASS TESTING of the population for the COVID 19 virus as a prerequisite to "restarting" the economy or relaxing social distancing orders.  The US is testing at a rate of less than 3.2 per thousand, in eleventh place among industrial nations.  This is unacceptable, as mass testing is the only way to isolate the COVID 19 virus in our communities and slow its spread considerably. Social distancing alone, without testing, is just a momentary pause (at considerable expense both socially and economically); but premature loosening measures will be counterproductive, and will only result in further harm to the population and economy.  The people demand that our local, state and federal leaders commence a massive project (with the help of private industry and capital) for universal testing across the country before any relaxation of standards are considered.  Time is of the essence.   The people are living in a state of permanent anxiety and it doesn't help when we see the lack of coordination across the spectrum to tackle this severe health crisis.  People are dying and suffering unnecessarily while we spend valuable time bickering about the details.  There will be time for that AFTER we defeat this pandemic.  The urgent and most consequential action to be taken right now is MASS TESTING - let's get it done! 

Pablo Casasnovas
404 supporters
This petition won 4 months ago

Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Phil Murphy

Safeguard the Right of All Laboring People to Have Support During COVID-19 Crisis

On March 21, the NYS Department of Health issued clear guidelines on treating patients in labor during the COVID-19 crisis.  These guidelines determined a support person, whether a spouse, partner or other chosen person, is essential to care for the patient during labor, delivery and in the postpartum period.  The World Health Organization (WHO) agrees.  We agree. As of March 26, all New York Presbyterian and Mount Sinai affiliated hospitals, and Staten Island University Hospital in the New York City area will act against WHO, CDC and DOH guidance and ban all support people--including spouses--from Labor & Delivery and Postpartum units.  This means people in labor will give birth alone and parent alone.  Parents will miss the birth of their child. Fundamentally, risks for the people laboring alone will increase substantially. Not only can partners and spouses provide physical and emotional comfort during labor and postpartum, they are also essential in alerting staff when something has gone wrong and the laboring patient cannot notify nurses themselves, like in the event of an eclamptic seizure or a fainting episode.  Timing is critical in these cases and monitors can be unreliable. We cannot expect nursing staff, already spread thin, to spend the limitless hours needed with each patient to ensure their health and their baby's health, to provide physical assistance and emotional support.  We know the hospital system is overwhelmed in this crisis.  However, the burden will only be increased by banning support people from Labor & Delivery. We must ensure no one gives birth alone. We must ensure the maternal mortality rate does not increase during this time.  

Jessica Pournaras
613,600 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Dräger , Ventilator manufacturers

Remove barriers to fixing ventilators

We are confronting a hard reality: U.S. hospitals do not have enough ventilators to meet the spike in respiratory failure that the novel coronavirus is projected to create. As ventilators are pressed into round-the-clock use, repair and maintenance issues will increase. While some ventilator manufacturers provide the service information that biomedical technicians need, other manufacturers make it hard to access manuals, read error logs or run diagnostic tests. We need to remove those barriers now. Add your name: Manufacturers must release the service information hospitals need to fix and maintain our vitally important ventilators. Hospitals in the United States don’t possess enough ventilators to meet the demand that COVID-19 is expected to create -- a reality that could have dire consequences for patients who will need these devices to breathe. As global demand for ventilators spikes, as manufacturers face heavy backlogs, and as factories are compelled to stop selling internationally, it will be nearly impossible to get enough ventilators into U.S. hospitals in time to meet the onslaught of critical cases. We’ll need to press older models into service that hospitals keep in store for emergency purposes. There are nearly 100,000 older ventilators around the United States -- but some will need repairs and maintenance, and that will require access to service information. Join us in calling on manufacturers to release the vital service information hospitals need to service and maintain all viable ventilators in the United States. Medical device manufacturers and trade associations actively lobby against Right to Repair reforms, which would mandate access to repair information and service software. While some manufacturers provide access to what technicians need, others do not provide full access to service information for their ventilators. On one independent online repository for ventilator service information, the message "Download prohibited by Dräger. Support is not desired" appears next to the deactivated links to service manuals, instructions and technical documentation for Dräger ventilators. Qualified repair technicians need access to manuals and other critical information to keep hospitals’ emergency ventilators up and running. Manufacturers claim that repairs done by independent technicians are not as safe or reliable as those done by the manufacturers’ technicians. The data says otherwise. An extensive 2018 study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration investigating repair and maintenance issues found that independent technicians, hospital technicians and manufacturers all “provide high quality, safe and effective servicing of medical devices.” Qualified hospital and independent technicians must have access to the proper information during this public health crisis. Tell ventilator manufacturers to free up service information, including repair manuals. Thank you, U.S. PIRG  1. Sarah Kliff, Adam Satariano, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Nicholas Kulish, “There Aren’t Enough Ventilators to Cope With the Coronavirus,” New York Times, March 18, 2020. 2. Jason Koebler, “Hospitals Need to Repair Ventilators. Manufacturers Are Making That Impossible,” Vice, March 18, 2020.  3. Sarah Kliff, Adam Satariano, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Nicholas Kulish, “There Aren’t Enough Ventilators to Cope With the Coronavirus,” New York Times, March 18, 2020.  4.  Sarah Kliff, Adam Satariano, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Nicholas Kulish, “There Aren’t Enough Ventilators to Cope With the Coronavirus,” New York Times, March 18, 2020.  5. “United States Resource Availability for COVID-19,” Society of Critical Care Medicine, revised March 19, 2020.  6. “United States Resource Availability for COVID-19,” Society of Critical Care Medicine, revised March 19, 2020.  7. Jonathan Cohn, “How To Get More Ventilators And What To Do If We Can’t,” Huffpost, March 17, 2020.  8. “State Affairs -- 2018,” Advanced Medical Technology Association, accessed March 20, 2020.    9. Jason Koebler, “Hospitals Need to Repair Ventilators. Manufacturers Are Making That Impossible,” Vice, March 18, 2020.  10. “Ventilators Service Manuals,” Frank’s Hospital Workshop, accessed March 20, 2020.   11. Jason Koebler, “Hospitals Need to Repair Ventilators. Manufacturers Are Making That Impossible,” Vice, March 18, 2020.  12. “FDA Report on the Quality, Safety, and Effectiveness of Servicing of Medical Devices,” U.S. Food and Drug Administration, May 2018.

U.S. PIRG
45,909 supporters