Our healthcare workers are the frontline of Canada’s defense against COVID-19 and they need the proper supplies. Currently, personal protective equipment (PPE) is in high demand but short supply. This equipment includes surgical masks, scrubs, gloves, face shields and more. These products are the protective uniform that our healthcare workers need to work safely.
Health care workers have a high risk of contracting COVID-19 as they are constantly exposed to contagious people. In order for health care workers to stay healthy and remain in the field, testing and treating people, they need to have access to the proper equipment. Unfortunately, almost every country in the world is currently facing the same issue – making sure their healthcare staff are properly equipped while managing this epidemic.
The Demand For PPE
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing the demand for PPE to skyrocket. To add to insult, a portion of the public has been reported to be hoarding supplies due to fear and misinformation. Combining this with the rising number of people needing healthcare services has limited the usual supply of PPE that medical workers require to do their jobs safely.
At this time, the Canadian government advises that the public does not need to wear masks unless they are symptomatic, meaning you have a cough, fever, or other symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus. These symptoms are clearly explained on the Government of Canada website. Also take into consideration, if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, you should remain in self-isolation for a minimum period of 14 days. Furthermore, it is important for the public to understand that health care practitioners need these masks to safely and effectively manage the treatment of patients and testing practices related to COVID-19.
Health Care Workers Ask For Help
Our Canadian health care workers have voiced their concerns regarding the supply of PPE in a petition led by Dr. Melissa Yuan-Innes. This petition is currently signed by 60 other medical doctors and implores the Prime Minister to mount a war-like effort for the much needed supply of PPE. The petition lists 8 specific actions the government can take to help healthcare workers combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
A few of the requests include: asking industries in Canada to manufacture these supplies; asking people to donate stock-piled products to hospitals and educate on scarcity; research ways to reuse these products safely; and repurpose distilleries to manufacture hand sanitizer. The complete list of requests can be viewed here.
Fortunately, on March 20, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded with positive news for Canadian health care workers. Trudeau announced that “The government will work with existing manufacturers and may repurpose other industries in order to make PPE.” Dr. Melissa Yuan-Innes thanked the Prime Minister for his response, but also noted that this is just a start and more needs to be done. The responsibility to find a solution to these issues in our healthcare system does not lie solely on the Prime Minister. Local businesses who have the means and capability to assist in this crisis can also make the choice to enact and work together to support our hard-working health care practitioners.
Trend Innovations Launches Safe Shield
The Canadian based company, Trend Innovations, has received several requests in the past weeks to innovate a non-intrusive solution to assist pharmacies in safely continuing operations. Trend Innovations has done their best to respond quickly, while accurately assessing the situation, and is proud to announce the launch of Safe Shield. This product, a transparent, acrylic panel that requires no assembly, can safely provide a non-intrusive barrier between pharmacy staff and their customers. In the upcoming weeks, this new brand will also focus on launching additional products that will assist health care workers to continue doing their jobs safely. Please check back to the Safe Shield Website to stay up to date for available products and information.