Practices Facing Difficulties in Obtaining PPE

Practices Facing Difficulties in Obtaining PPE

What’s the news: As the nation sees single-day record numbers of COVID-19 cases being reported, physician practices continue to report persistent and severe difficulties in obtaining the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to safely provide patient care and keep their offices open for business.

In letters to Vice President Mike Pence and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the AMA urged immediate action to address ongoing shortages and access issues related to PPE.

“The AMA now believes the situation with PPE in ambulatory settings is so challenging that the only way to address it is for the administration to use the Defense Production Act (DPA) so the much needed N95 masks and gowns are available so patients, physicians and their staffs can safely treat as many patients as possible,” AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD, wrote in a letter to Pence, who heads the White House coronavirus task force.

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