• Sam Bolen

The Staggering Death toll of Nurses

COVID-19 has been ravaging the globe for all of 2020. With 47.5 million active cases and 1.21 million deaths worldwide, the global pandemic may just be getting started. Both nurses and health care professionals all over the world have been risking their health and working around the clock to provide us with the best care possible. Developing quarantine procedures, treating infected, and racing to create a vaccine are the tip of the iceberg of the new nurses and health care professionals’ responsibilities. Despite the precautions created to keep nurses and health care professionals safe, they are no stranger to the effects of COVID-19.

In a staggering article by Tim Wyatt from the Independent, he discusses the death toll of nurses around the world and the impact that COVID-19 has had on the nursing industry. Wyatt states 1,500 nurses have lost their lives to the pandemic worldwide; a death toll higher than the nurse death toll throughout World War 1. Although this statistic is shocking, it may be misleading. Of the 130 national nurses associations that report data to The International Council of Nurses, only 44 of those reported the death toll statistic. This figure may in fact be significantly higher across the world.

Nurses and healthcare professionals have been fighting for standardized pandemic data collection practices to better understand the risks to healthcare workers. New policies have been integrated regarding nurses and health care professionals coming back to work as more information about the virus becomes available. For nurses and health care professionals with confirmed COVID-19 infections, the CDC requirements needed to return to work are “At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved.” Despite the high death toll of nurses and health care professionals around the world, they both continue to work diligently and persistently to help end this pandemic.

The sacrifices that nurses and health care professionals are forced to make enshrine them as true heroes. Risking their own health day in and day out to ensure we get the care we need. Hospi-Call is just as dedicated to bringing hospitals the tools they need to provide the best care possible. Through customizable apps, Hospi-Call can help hospitals to improve communication, nurse workload, and overall patient satisfaction. Remember to wear your mask and social distance whenever possible!

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