May 20, 2020
“We help patients by providing meds so that they can go home instead of staying in the hospital. My fear of COVID-19 is there is no cure or vaccine yet, and that there aren't enough tests. We come in, change our clothes and shoes, put on our PPE after scrubbing and begin our compounding for the day of chemotherapy, antibiotics, pain managements, and specialty drugs for our patients which consist of a 7-day supply.
Chemotherapy for Lexington Oncology and South Carolina Oncology patients include at home use as well. We have our temperature taken and we wash our hands when we arrive at work. Under the new rules and guidelines, we report to our supervisor if we have any symptoms of COVID-19. All employees who can work from home stay at home. Ours nurses have to wear full PPE when seeing patients which includes a nurse cap, mask, gown, shoe covers, and gloves and they are not allowed to come in the office.
The struggle is that I have to stay safe and not contract COVID-19 so that I can keep my family at home safe, as I'm the only one leaving the house for work. I would like to tell pharmacy technicians to stay safe, wash your hands often, and wear a mask when going out for your safety and the safety of others.”
West Columbia, SC
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