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Nursing Homes Receive Defective Protective Gear From Trump Administration Amid Pandemic

As per a new report, nursing homes that reportedly need proper personal protective equipment in order to deal with potential COVID-19 cases are getting defective ones as part of the Trump administration’s initiative to provide supplies for vulnerable populations.

Nursing Homes Receive Defective Equipment From Trump’s Supply Initiative

Just recently, President Donald Trump’s administration announced a supply initiative for vulnerable populations that aims to provide them with personal protective equipment (PPE), given that the majority of America is suffering from a shortage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency was at the front of the effort to send additional shipments to nursing homes since their residents and staff have been among those most at risk of catching COVID-19.

Now, however, reports reveal that nursing homes that were already given supplies by the initiative are largely disappointed because they are getting surgical masks that are paper-thin and gowns that look more like tarps that don’t even have holes for hands.

"It would be funny if the stakes weren't so high," a Washington state official said in a CNN report.

"Too often, the only signs of FEMA's much-hyped promise of PPE shipments—an allotment of gowns, gloves, masks and goggles based on staffing size of the provider—are scattershot delivery with varying amounts of rag-tag supplies," Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge, an association of nonprofit providers of aging services, said. "As FEMA's own deadline for shipment approaches, many nursing homes still don't know if and when they're going to receive anything." Sloan is reportedly among the attendees at the event where Trump announced the initiative and shipments.

However, a statement by FEMA states that every personal protective equipment that they delivered “meets FDA or AAMI certification.”

Still, concerns are being raised. For one thing, the surgical masks appear to be made out of something similar to paper. Also, some nurses took to social media to share photos of a large blue tarp that’s intended to serve as a gown.

"Frankly, these supplies are unusable. They pose an infection risk and are not suitable for nursing homes or for any health care setting and we're hearing significant concerns from the nursing homes that are receiving them about whether or not they can be used at all," the Washington state official that shared the photos, said.

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