Wednesday, 1 April 2020

UK's sub-standard ppe

Some background. I was a patient at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London in 2018. Firstly for open heart surgery and later for an extended stay after an equine staphylococcus attached itself to my bovine heart valve. 


I owe my life to the surgical team there, the Cardiology department and the nurses. Oh and not forgetting the hospital laboratory team who worked hard to locate the cause of the infection and saved my life. 


During my stay at Barts I got to know many of the NHS staff, some of whom are friends of mine today, over a year later. One former nurse who is now a researcher in the laboratory and who will remain anonymous, sent me this message today, ‘I hope we get more Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) as we are lacking.’ 


He included this photo together with a twitter message from a cardiologist working at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital which said, “The changing definition of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and variations on how interpreted is major concern. Our Teleconference with Wuhan cardiologists. They’re aghast we are not following from their experiences. They said learn from our mistakes.” 


Nothing more needs to be said – at least for now.

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