A traveling nurse on a mission in Texas has described “horrible” conditions for COVID-19 patients as hospitals reach capacity amid a dramatic increase in local cases.
Among RN Lawanna Rivers’ most shocking claims about her time working at El Paso University Medical Center is the existence of a room she calls “The Pit,” where Worst COVID-positive patients sent to death with minimal treatment. and limited resuscitation efforts.
Due to the large number of patients in the hospital, she and other nurses were instructed to give each person in “The Pit” only three cycles of CPR before the person was pronounced dead – a significant reduction in the number of times. normal efforts to keep patients alive.
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“I’ve seen a lot of people die that I thought shouldn’t have died,” Rivers said in an almost 50-minute Facebook Live video posted Nov. 7. “Of all the codes we had out there, not a successful patient.
El Paso is among the hardest-hit cities in Texas, which last week became the first state to record more than one million cases of COVID-19.
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As of Sunday, the city was battling 32,687 active cases and had recorded 762 deaths – forcing authorities to extend a municipal lockdown order and use several trucks from the morgue to store the bodies.
In his video, Rivers also accused the hospital of not treating COVID-19 patients aggressively enough – even claiming that some doctors would avoid treating COVID-19 positive patients.
She also claimed to have attended preferential treatment for a doctor’s wife, who was the only COVID-19 survivor on this floor.
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“The nurse who referred me had a patient, she was called the ‘VIP’ patient, she was a doctor’s wife,” Rivers said. “They went out of their way for this woman – there was nothing they hadn’t done for this woman. And guess what? She was the only patient to escape alive from this intensive care unit.
In response to Rivers’ allegations, University Medical Center told local station KVIA-TV in a statement that although he sympathizes with the medical professional, he “cannot fully verify the events expressed.”
“We understand and sympathize with the difficult, physical and emotional toll this pandemic is placing on thousands of healthcare workers here and across our country,” the statement said.
“This particular travel nurse was briefly at UMC to help El Paso cope with the influx of patients with Covid-19.”
This article originally appeared on NYPost.com.
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