A nurse traveling on a mission in Texas described the “appalling” conditions for patients with COVID-19 as hospitals are reaching their capacity amid a spike in local cases.
Among the most shocking allegations made by registered nurse Lawana Rivers about her time at University Medical Center in El Paso is the existence of a room she calls “The Pit,” where the worst patients with the COVID virus were sent to die with minimal treatment and limited resuscitation efforts.
Due to the huge number of patients in the hospital, it and other nurses have been instructed to give each person in the “hole” only three rounds of CPR before a person is declared dead – a significant drop in the normal efforts aimed at keeping patients alive.
“I saw a lot of people die and I felt I shouldn’t have died,” Rivers In a Facebook live video of nearly 50 minutes Posted on November 7, “Of all the codes that we had there, not a single patient has succeeded.”
El Paso is among the hardest-hit cities in Texas, which was last week Becomes the first country to record more than 1 million cases of COVID-19.
As of Sunday, the city was battling 32,687 active cases and recording 762 deaths – forcing officials to Extension of the municipality closure order And resort to use Several mortuary trucks To store dead bodies.
In her video, Rivers also accused the hospital of not treating COVID-19 patients forcefully enough – and that some doctors would even avoid treating patients with COVID-19 altogether.
She also claimed to have witnessed preferential treatment for the doctor’s wife, who was the only COVID-19 survivor on that floor.
Rivers said, “The nurse who referred me had one patient, she was called a” VIP “patient, she was a doctor’s wife.” “They did their best for that woman – there was nothing they didn’t do for that woman. And imagine what? She was the only patient who survived that ICU unit alive.”
In response to the allegations by Rivers, University Medical Center He told local KVIA-TV in a statement Although they sympathize with the medical specialist, they “cannot fully verify the events that have been expressed.”
“We sympathize and sympathize with the material, physical and emotional losses that this epidemic is causing to the thousands of health care workers here and throughout our country,” the statement read.
“This UMC travel nurse has been for a while to help El Paso cope with the surge of Covid-19 patients.”