We have been battling COVID-19 for months and many continue to face shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE)—like N95 masks, gowns, face shields and eye wear—leaving millions of health care workers at risk in the midst of this outbreak when we need them most.
This challenge is especially difficult for smaller practices in rural or underserved areas.
We can’t afford for emergency physicians and other frontline health care practitioners to get sick due to PPE shortages.
Now more than ever, patients need full access to America’s emergency care safety net.
While PPE production is ramping up, there are still dire shortages in many emergency departments across the country, and we don’t see significant relief in the near future.
We continue to urge the federal government to exhaust every option available to rapidly increase PPE production and prioritize distribution to emergency physicians and other frontline health care practitioners.
The American College of Emergency Physicians is working with corporate and nonprofit partners to help expedite the production and delivery of PPE to America’s frontline health workers.