Monday, March 16, 2020

Sands: There is no cavalry to come in and save the day

Minister of Health, Dr. Duane Sands

A shortage of critical care staff could limit The Bahamas’ ability to respond to the COVID-19 threat, Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands acknowledged today.

Dr. Sands said insufficient staff numbers is more problematic than insufficient equipment.

“Our… limiting factor is critical care staff, and in particular, critical care nurses because you cannot manage a patient just on a ventilator. You need somebody to manage that patient,” he told The Nassau Guardian.

“The challenge that The Bahamas faces is less an issue of mechanical equipment and more an issue of chronic shortage of skilled nurses.  Read more >>