Hell Razor5543 wrote: ↑03 Apr 2020, 15:32I have reasonable protection. Work has provided me with nitrile gloves, and I have facial protection as well. At least I am able to do something. I have spent too much of my working life unemployed, and I hated it. I am glad to be of use, even if I am only doing a tiny part.
You are aware your mask, unless it is one of the shields, is pretty useless after 30 mins of wearing it? It will be too damp to be effective..
For all of you, here are a few excerpts from a conversation I had on Facebook earlier this evening with my old school friend Joanne. She's a senior ICU* nurse at a hospital up North. She's dealing only with Covid-19 patients at the moment...
1.- Hardest deal at the minute is we have a lot of patients with COVID who we try a special breathing mask or tent with to force oxygen into their lungs. They are awake and terrified, often can’t tolerate it and we end up putting them to sleep so we can breathe for them.
2. It’s actually easier for us when they are asleep, just worse for the patient as the outlook isn’t as good, although many plead to be put to sleep as they are so scared.
3. It’s something I am used to dealing with, although it never gets any easier, we just get on with it and do our best to calm the patient. It’s the sheer volume of patients that makes it so hard now, someone fighting for breath is actually quite few and far between normally, now we are dealing with it several times a day. Also, because we are wearing full PPE its quite impersonal and we can’t comfort them the same way, we have to shout to get heard through the masks. They also can’t have visitors at all. That breaks my heart as it is their loved ones that keep a person going at a time like that. We become the only person they have. Sadly, the person who is with them at the end sometimes too. It’s an honour and a privilege to be the person who holds their hand.
4.- The ones out and about in masks and gloves are the worst for me. They see “health care workers” wearing them and think that’s what they need. But they’ve no clue how to use them. The standard masks are only impervious for around 30 mins so will allow coronavirus through by the time they are walking round Asda if they put it on when they left home. The gloves need to be changed every time you touch something so they may as well just wash their hands.
Now, this is NOT an "it won't happen to me" scenario. It will, if you don't heed the warnings and stay at home whenever possible. If you don't have to go to work - Don't. I'm simply not allowed to go on site at my place of work. No ifs, no buts.
Take this seriously, please. Being unemployed or laid-off is better than going through that harrowing experience as a Covid-19 casualty..
* her actual title is..
Senior Specialist Theatre Practitioner, Surgical First Assistant and Orthopaedic Team Leader..