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ACGME calls for accelerated PPE production

Residency Program Insider, October 23, 2020

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A resurgence of COVID-19 cases has prompted the ACGME to send letters to both presidential nominees calling for them to commit to accelerating personal protective equipment (PPE) production to protect frontline healthcare workers.

The letters signed by ACGME CEO and President Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP say that frontline healthcare workers, including members of the GME community, are putting their own health and personal safety at risk are three times more likely to contract COVID-19 than the general population.

The ACGME urges both presidential nominees to commit to using all existing executive powers, including those described in the Defense Production Act, to accelerate PPE production and delivery for all healthcare workers, including those in residencies and fellowships.

"Without adequate PPE and access to adequate viral testing, our physician faculty members and residents/fellows now risk becoming sources of this deadly virus, endangering their patients, fellow healthcare workers, and all those they contact," the letters says.

Source: ACGME



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