Nurse spurs effort for COVID-19 protection
When Rachel Boggs, R.N., saw a shortage of protective gear for the nurses, doctors and others in the COVID-19 crisis, she knew something had to be done. And fast.
“We are OK taking on the coronavirus,” says Boggs, a nurse at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. “If we have the right protective equipment. Because if we get sick, who’s going to take care of the patients?”
Boggs’ concern kickstarted an energic effort among many people that resulted just days later in the local company A-dec and Legacy Health announcing an agreement to produce and provide special face shields to protect health care workers against the coronavirus and other disease-causing agents.
“This is a great victory because it gives health care professionals protection,” says Boggs, “and some hope.”
Adds Scott Parrish, president and CEO of A-dec, whose engineers worked almost around the clock to figure out how to make the face shields for protective helmets used in health care, “This is what we should be doing during this unprecedented time: working together to solve problems and take care of communities.”
Coronavirus is changing many things
Boggs normally works as a nurse caring for patients who suffered traumatic injuries. “We are used to being exposed to body fluids,” she says.
A-dec typically makes dental equipment.
The spread of the coronavirus, however, is changing many things.
“It’s amazing how many people came together to make this happen,” Boggs says. “I’m totally excited, pumped. These shields give the highest level of protection.”
In its ongoing response to the COVID-19 health crisis, Legacy Health has a critical need for other personal protective equipment, as well as monetary contributions for a COVID-19 Response Fund. For information on how you can help, visit legacyhealthgiving.org/covid.