ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany Medical Center nurses are requesting more access to personal protective equipment from the hospital management staff as they treat patients with COVID-19.
“We are being told that we are going to have to use these masks up to 20 times, and that’s just unacceptable, Albany Med nurse Lenore Granich said.
The New York State Nurses Association held an event outside Albany Medical Center Saturday morning to call on management and demand more equipment to protect themselves and their patients.
“Frontline providers are being put in harms way, it’s like sending soldiers into a war without the appropriate protection and utensils to do their jobs,” Granich added.
Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, nurses have been struggling to obtain personal protective equipment from hospitals. Granich said both Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump have said the United States has appropriate supplies to be distributed to hospitals in need. The nurses are not receiving the supplies and it’s putting their lives and everyone else’s around them at risk.
In a statement the association wrote, “Despite receiving generous donations of PPE from political and community supporters earlier in the week, Albany Medical Center is putting further restrictions on access to supplies.”
Additionally, the nurses are calling on the Federal government to unleash the Defense Production Act to increase production of PPE.
Governor Cuomo was asked Saturday during his press conference about the shortage of PPE at Albany Med. Cuomo says the state has been giving hospitals what they say they need.
“It’s a disconnect between nurses and hospital administrators. I can’t help with that right now, but they should talk to hospital administrators.” said Governor Cuomo.
Sue Ford of Albany Med says their facility has adequate supplies of masks and other PPE to allow their staff to safely provide care to patients.
You can watch the full interview with Registered Nurse Lenore Granich here: