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‘We’re not asking for the moon here': Nurses raise alarm over restrictions to protective equipment

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West Haldimand General Hospital is asking anyone who has access to N95 or surgical masks, or may be able to manufacture them, to contact the hospital foundation. - Torstar file photo

Nurses in Hamilton and across Ontario are raising alarm after the province severely restricted when N95 respirator masks are used during the COVID-19 crisis.

The masks, which fit to the face and provide extremely efficient filtration of airborne particles, are now used only for invasive procedures, which is a recent change in federal and provincial advice. The personal protective equipment was more widely used when novel coronavirus first arrived in Canada.

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Joanna Frketich
Joanna Frketich
Joanna Frketich is a reporter with The Hamilton Spectator, covering health and education among other stories. She lives in Hamilton and has been a journalist for more than 20 years, earning numerous Ontario Newspaper Awards including journalist of the year. She was also a National Newspaper Award finalist. Her Hamilton investigations have revealed past dysfunction among cardiac surgeons, dangerously low vaccination rates, students increasingly failing math standardized testing and hospital overc

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