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UC Irvine Medical Center nurses hold vigil calling for more masks, protective equipment

CBS2, April 20, 2020 (Video)

April 20, 2020

UC Irvine Medical Center nurses hold vigil calling for more masks, protective equipment

Hanging on by a prayer, nurses at the UC Irvine Medical Center said Monday that they do not have enough personal protective equipment, like N95 masks, to treat COVID-positive patients. … A spokesperson for UCI Medical Center … said that the hospital has adopted safe conservation protocols for N95 masks and carefully follows guidelines for the use of personal protective equipment outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The medical center is encouraging us to reuse out N95s,” Maureen Berry, an ER nurse, said. “This goes completely against what we learned as nurses.”