PPE supply levels for doctors in the UK as of April 2020

According to a survey of doctors carried out in the UK in late April 2020, some items of personal protective equipment (PPE) were in short supply during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Almost 30 percent of doctors in contact with possible and confirmed coronavirus patients reported shortages of scrubs, with a further 8 percent saying there was no supply at all. Additionally, there was a shortage of eye protection for 23 percent of doctors and no supply at all for almost 7 percent.
Doctors working in high-risk areas, such as intensive care units, have have also communicated shortages of PPE.

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Level of supply of the following personal protective equipment (PPE) items for doctors in contact with possible and confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in the UK as of April 2020

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Source

Release date

May 2020

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

Aprl 28 to April 30, 2020

Number of respondents

8,903 respondents

Special properties

UK doctors

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

The full question was worded as: "We next want to ask about PPE in other (non-AGP) settings to be used by healthcare workers who are in contact with patients with possible or confirmed COVID-19.Over the last week, have you had adequate supplies or shortages of the following PPE?"

An AGP area is an aerosol generating procedure taking place in either Intensive Care Units or in the hot zone of an Emergency department. Otherwise referred to as a high-risk area.

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