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Hospital Group Backs Guidelines For Use Of Ventilators During Coronavirus Peak

Apr 14, 2020

As Florida approaches an expected peak in the number of coronavirus cases, people on the front lines are waiting and planning for one of the worst possible outcomes: a shortage of ventilators needed by patients battling COVID-19.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a global scramble for essential medical supplies like masks, gloves, gowns and ventilators. In the panic, governments have imposed or considered new barriers to trade, trying to protect their own access to scarce supplies.

As the spread of COVID-19 in Florida increases the load on the health care system, Pinellas and Hillsborough county officials are asking for donations of medical supplies.

Health care workers are among those on the front lines of the coronavius outbreak. As more of them start to become sick, they're starting to speak out about the risks they're facing and asking for changes to working conditions in hospitals.

In the first three months after getting his Dexcom continuous glucose monitor, Ric Peralta managed to reduce his average blood sugar level by three percentage points.

"It took me from not-very-well-managed blood sugar to something that was incredibly well managed," says Peralta, a 46-year-old optician in Whittier, Calif., who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2008.

Thousands of dollars in special equipment will soon be on the way to people in the storm-impacted Florida Panhandle who have disabilities.

Stacks of boxes containing critical supplies stretch almost as far as the eye can see in this Strategic National Stockpile warehouse.
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The president of a medical supplies company based in Coral Springs is being held captive by angry Chinese workers in a suburban Beijing factory, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Specialty Medical Supplies, Inc. president Charles "Chip" Starnes says he has been locked in his office since last week, when he announced that about 50 workers would be laid off because the company is stopping production of a blood lancet device. 

A Palm Beach County nonprofit run by a former hospice nurse has a warehouse full of used medical equipment that those in need can have for free.