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I am an RN who works at 2 hospitals. Patients are being admitted for medical conditions such as elective surgeries, MI's, trauma's etc. They are being tested for Covid 19 upon admission and then are sent up to the various floors pending the test results (Med Surg, ICU, PCU). Unfortunately, some of these patients test results come back positive. This means that the nurses on these floors have been working with covid positive patients for multiple shifts without the proper PPE (just a blue surgical mask) sometimes it has taken days before the test results come back.

One of the hospitals I work at does not allow us to bring in our own masks. My work around this is I bought some KN95 masks. I wear one of those KN95 masks and put a blue surgical mask over it. Management hasn't had an issue with this because I'm still complying with their requirement to wear one of their blue surgical masks. Some versions of the KN95 mask are being sold online that are not FDA approved. Anyway, I found a website that does not price gouge and their masks are FDA approved. In addition, they also sell the face shields and blue surgical masks. I am hoping this info will help my fellow nurses/healthcare workers and give them some piece of mind. The website is
7/8/2020 9:30:59 PM

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Coronavirus prevention kits to safeguard crews against the threat of virus contamination whilst onboard.kit exceeds the necessary protection and precautions defined by IMO/WHO in order to provide the highest standards of protection against EVD transmission, whilst being extremely simple to do and use.
6/11/2020 7:28:06 AM