PPE Survey Results by Sector

April 11, 2020 | News, COVID-19


For weeks, SafeCare BC and front-line care providers have sounded the alarm about shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Yesterday, Safe Care BC conducted an urgent survey of members. 478 long term care, assisted living, home support and community living providers responded from all health regions. The results confirmed:

  • 70% say they are experiencing a critical shortage of personal protective equipment
  • 77% of care providers say they have no N-95 masks (52%), or only have enough to last up to three days (25%)
  • 51% of care providers say they have no eye protection equipment (21%), or expect to be out by end of the long weekend (30%)
  • 70% of care providers expect to run out of surgical masks by the end of next week; 38% expect to run out this long weekend
  • 62% of care providers expect to run out of hand sanitizer by the end of next week
  • 49% of care providers have three days or less worth of gowns; 25% more have only enough to last up to a week
  • 45% of care providers expect to run out of exam gloves by the end of next week

Survey Results by Sector

Results by health region:

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