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PPE and Infection Control for Retinal Services : EuRetina COVID-19

EuRetina COVID-19: Personal Protective Equipment and Infection Control for Retinal Services Alistair Laidlaw, St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UKClaire Laidlaw, Intensive Care Unit, St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, UK The issue of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a source of great concern to all health and social care workers. That concern has been increased by inconsistent and changing recommendations as well as both fake and real news. Additionally there is an unfortunately great variation in the availability of PPE between and within countries, regions and cities. Many healthcare systems are still catching up with the logistics of obtaining and distributing adequate PPE to their healthcare workers. Advice on appropriate PPE is also changing rapidly. One good thing...

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Remember: 'There is no emergency in a pandemic"

Many doctors, nurses and health-care workers will have seen this posted in the last few days. I was asked to repost this with the news on March 30th that 60 Italian doctors have died from COVID-19 (https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/927753) Many nurses and other health care workers are being infected. In Spain, it is a similar tragedy. The New York Times reports that 3000 doctors are estimated to have been infected in China, and over 200 health care workers have fallen sick in New York in recent days. (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/nyregion/ny-coronavirus-doctors-sick.html) "If you do not have proper PPE, do not go in. No matter what. There is no emergency in a pandemic. You as a healthcare worker are a force multiplier. Your training and experience is invaluable moving...

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