Tag: PPE

Charlotte dentist with child patients needs masks, PPE

After nearly 30 years as a Charlotte-area pediatric dentist, focusing on children with severe heart defects and other complex conditions, Dr. Meg Lochary long ago accepted the extra risks that come with their care.

But she’s still trying to comprehend how, in the midst of a pandemic, she’s reduced to protecting her young patients and herself by wearing a painter’s face mask donated by a sympathetic neighbor.

The gold standard in her profession are N95 respirator masks, but those are so scarce that Lochary says she has enough to safely practice for only two more weeks. That raises the stakes for patients who often can’t wait for treatment.

Many of Lochary’s child patients can’t have medical procedures, such as cardiac catheterizations, until they first get dental care to avoid infecting their cardiac tissue with bacteria from their mouths.

Medically compromised children generally have higher risks of dental decay because of

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Dentist accused of torching own clinic, PPE to dodge eviction

Bellevue dentist Dr. Mohammed Rafie is now facing charges of 1st-degree arson

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Authorities say a Washington state dentist used medical masks and gowns like kindling to try to burn his clinic down last week as he faced eviction. 

Bellevue dentist Dr. Mohammed Rafie is facing charges of first-degree arson for torching his own dental office. Rafie was in financial trouble and faced eviction for not paying rent, investigators said. 

He allegedly told police it was an accident, that he was cleaning, dropped an oxygen tank and it caught fire. Authorities said the multiple fires and the smell of lighter fluid told a different story. 

“That’s really sad I mean, there’s so many people in need of the masks and gowns and everything right now and having

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