ARLINGTON, Va. (WDVM) — During the coronavirus pandemic health care workers are on the front line working to limit the spread of the virus.
Medical professionals across the country are facing shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes gloves, masks, face shields, and protective garments. According to officials, health care providers are being forced to reuse or make their own PPE equipment. Officials say this poses safety concerns not only to workers themselves but also to their families and their overall communities.
“When we leave the hospital, there is a risk of increased exposure if we do not have proper supplies when caring for our patients,” explained Alicia Marconi, Adjunct Lab Instructor in Marymount University’s Nursing program and an ICU nurse at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. “If we, the health care workers, get sick, then there are fewer of us to take care of patients in need.”
Marymount’s Malek School of Health Professions decided to come together and lend a helping hand to medical professionals in the area, by donating vital PPE equipment to the Virginia Hospital Center.
“The generous donation of PPE is having a direct and positive impact in my unit. Having it available means we have the tools and resources necessary to do our jobs,” said Karin Kutscher, an ICU nurse at Virginia Hospital Center and another graduate of the Accelerated Nursing Program at Marymount. “In these very strange times, my heart remains full because of what community leaders like Marymount do – take action to improve our situation.”Karin Kutscher