VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – While the Langara campus in South Vancouver remains empty, efforts are being made to help those on the front line and battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Langara’s Nursing Lab and Health Services is donating medical supplies like gloves, masks and protective clothing to staff at Vancouver General Hospital.
The school says the donation will “keep our health care workers safe while caring for infected patients”.
The move comes as B.C’s top doctor admits health care workers across the province are now being asked to ration resources.
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“In the past week we have seen a dramatic increase in use,” she says. “It’s much higher than what we expected. So, we are putting in place measures now to try and control that to be more efficient and effective.”
She says it’s been a struggle to keep up with damage, especially given the recent surge in cases and additional outbreaks at care homes.
“It’s a challenge that we have nine long-term care facility outbreaks,” she says. “And we now have increasing numbers of people in hospitals, so we are going through way more personal protective equipment than expected.”
After repeatedly reporting there’s no shortage of personal protection equipment, Henry says more shipments are now on order, but NEWS 1130 has been hearing from nurses and doctors who say they’re being directed to use only one mask per shift.