Healthcare workers, who spend each day working tirelessly on the frontlines to save lives and help people affected by the coronavirus pandemic, are deeply impacted both personally and professionally.
Since March, the term “healthcare hero” has been used to describe doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers by politicians, celebrities, and everyone in between, and for good reason. While these healthcare workers are working to keep people safe, they are opening themselves up to the potential of contracting this virus and are putting their own lives at risk.
In addition to their increased risk of contracting the coronavirus, healthcare workers are also facing other mental, emotional, and physical health challenges as a result of this ongoing pandemic. With many healthcare workers worrying about a lack of PPE and fearing their own safety during this public health crisis, there has been an increase in anxiety levels, burnout, and fear among people in this field over the past few months.
Here are SEVEN ways through which healthcare workers are being negatively impacted by COVID-19 in their personal and professional lives:
1. Frontline health care workers are as much as three times more likely to report a positive COVID-19 test than members of the general public.
Although the healthcare workers who did not have access to adequate PPE or were forced to reuse PPE face the highest risk for COVID-19, even those with adequate PPE are at a higher risk for the coronavirus than the general public during the pandemic. Healthcare workers perform tasks, from moving patients to endoscopies to bronchoscopies that cause them to be exposed to virus spreading aerosols and droplets, putting them at risk regardless of their use of PPE.
2. Approximately 24% of physicians have sought medical care as a result of a physical condition due to COVID-19’s effects on their workplace.
In addition to the high risk of contracting COVID-19, physicians are also facing other physical problems and health conditions due to an increase in anxiety, an influx of coronavirus patients, and a lack of adequate PPE.
3. 61% of primary care physicians cite a lack of PPE and medical supplies as a major source of frustration during this coronavirus pandemic.
While healthcare workers are at a higher risk for COVID-19 than the general public, even with the use of PPE, many are also on the frontlines without sufficient PPE as they help care for patients. There are healthcare professionals who lack adequate PPE or must reuse their PPE when working with patients, further increasing their risk and putting their health in jeopardy.
4. Roughly 30% of physicians report feeling hopeless due to the pandemics’ effects on their work.
At the onset of the pandemic, healthcare workers across the globe struggled to find the PPE they needed to stay safe while treating patients and performing aerosol dispersing procedures. As hospital beds continued to fill up at an alarming rate, many healthcare workers also had to practice triage as they did their best to improve the patient through rate at their hospitals. This daily struggle left many feeling hopeless and worried that they would not be able to reduce to spread of the coronavirus in their workplace or take care of people who are suffering from this virus.
5. Healthcare workers who are Black, Asian, or from other minority groups were at least five times more likely to contract COVID-19 than the non-Hispanic, white general population.
Healthcare workers from these populations face a significantly higher risk for COVID-19 regardless of their access to adequate PPE. Because of this increased risk, there is an especially strong need for protective solutions beyond PPE that can be used to reduce the likelihood that healthcare workers will contract the virus.
6. 13% of healthcare professionals have sought ought mental health care concerning mental health issues related to the pandemic.
The spread of COVID-19 has been taking a toll on the mental health of healthcare workers who are reporting higher levels of anxiety and feelings of hopelessness as they worry about keeping themselves safe while working with patients with COVID-19. In fact, roughly half of physicians report feeling “inappropriate anger, tearfulness, or anxiety” over how the coronavirus pandemic is influencing their jobs. Healthcare workers need protection beyond traditional PPE in order to help significantly reduce their risk and help them feel safe as they do their jobs.
7. Healthcare workers account for 14% of COVID-19 cases globally.
Many of these workers are coming in close contact with patients with COVID-19 as they perform intubations and other procedures where they are exposed to virus spreading aerosols and droplets. Physicians and other healthcare workers with and without access to adequate PPE have reported positive tests throughout this pandemic, and these workers are at a far higher risk than those who work in many other fields.
How SCONE™ Medical Solutions can help
These statistics are certainly disheartening and alarming. That is why here at SCONE™, we have created a solution that will help keep healthcare workers safe, step up hospital safety, and offer unparalleled protection against the coronavirus in hospitals.
The SCONE™, or Self-Contained Negative Pressure Environment, is a device that creates active barrier protection for health care workers through its innovative negative pressure technology. When healthcare workers need to complete procedures like nebulization or intubation and extubation that expose them to the droplets or aerosols that spread airborne contagious illnesses like COVID-19, the SCONE™ provides an extra layer of protection that works far better than traditional PPE.
The negative pressure technology clears these droplets and aerosols so that the risk of their spread is significantly reduced, and healthcare workers can go to work without the fear of contracting COVID-19.
The SCONE™ is the ultimate solution for healthcare workers, like the ones mentioned above, who do not have access to adequate amounts of PPE they need to do their jobs safely, as well as the ones who are at an increased risk for COVID-19 regardless of their access to adequate PPE.
SCONE™ has received FDA Emergency Use Authorization. Connect with us to learn more about how the negative pressure SCONE™ can help healthcare through this pandemic and beyond.