Emergency physicians and other health care workers are facing severe shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE)—like N95 masks, gowns, face shields and eye wear—leaving millions of at risk in the midst of this outbreak.
As emergency physicians, we know the risks of the job we signed up for, but we are on the frontlines in this historic war against COVID-19 with insufficient protection. We can’t afford for emergency physicians and other frontline health care providers to get sick due to PPE shortages. Now more than ever, patients need access to America’s emergency care safety net.
While PPE production is ramping up, there are dire shortages in emergency departments across the country, and we don’t see significant relief in the near future. We 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 providers.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is working with corporate and nonprofit partners to help expedite the production and delivery of PPE to America’s frontline health workers. You can take action at GetUsPPE.org, a website developed by emergency physicians that includes donation information. Follow the conversation on social media via the hashtag #GetUsPPE.