Saturday, 21 March 2020

Indiana hospitals running out of supplies get help

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Hundreds of Indiana hospitals and health care facilities running short on critical supplies received much needed help Friday. According the state health commissioner, the Indiana National Guard and Department of Transportation rolled in with supplies needed to treat COVID-19 patients and protect health care workers.

“Nobody ran out," said Dr. Kris Box “ Nobody who called and said I’m totally out of masks. I’m totally out of gowns.”

But the state health commissioner said some hospitals were within a day of running out.Indianapolis Latest News The crucial medical supplies came from the National Strategic Stockpile that many states are turning to for help."We requested a very large amount, and we got a very small percentage of that which is what every state is getting.” she said.

From large warehouses the medical supplies were shipped to Indiana, sorted, and then taken by Indiana National Guardsmen and INDOT Press Release Distribution Service to more than 200 hospitals and other medical facilities.

Even with the restocking effort, health care workers are being told to conserve and reuse masks, gowns and other protective gear.

The COVID-19 pandemic is stretching health care providers to their limits.

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