Patients are ‘literally being murdered’ by medical negligence and mismanagement every day, and ‘nobody cares’, an NYC frontline nurse claims.
Nicole Sirotek, a 37-year-old nurse battling coronavirus in the New York City frontline, describes her current duties as ‘going into the f***ing twilight zone’. She also reveals a shocking fact: She was once assigned to take care of a patient who was already dead.
Sirotek shares in a distressingly forthright video:
“They’re not dying of COVID. Yes, people are going to die of COVID, I know this, I’m not like a new grad student. I am literally saying they’re murdering these people. And nobody cares because they’re all minorities and we’re in the f***ing hood and that’s not okay.”
The frontline nurse firmly believes that even the advocacy groups don’t care about the lives of the patients.
She continues with a shocking statement: “Like literally, Black Lives Don’t Matter here.”
In the video, Sirotek makes quite a few dreadful accusations and shares the horror she needs to put up with every day on the COVID-19 battlefield. The reason she decided to speak up about the healthcare crisis and medical ignorance was fueled by despair as her attempts to advocate for her patients have all been powerless. She says:
“What I need is someone to help me save these people from being killed from gross negligence and medical mismanagement and no-one is listening to me.”
Nicole Sirotek, a mother-of-two from Nevada, was one of the hundreds of healthcare workers to be transferred to New York due to the outbreak, as Mail Online reports. She left her family and her children to help save the lives of coronavirus patients.
In New York City, there are 185,653 confirmed coronavirus cases, with at least 19,141 fatalities, including probable deaths. These figures show it has been hit the hardest of anywhere in the country.
Although there was staff shortage in NYC hospitals, Sirotek admits there is currently no need for so many personnel, as there are plenty of nurses in the wards on which she has worked. Moreover, she claims she has witnessed many incompetence and mismanagement from her colleagues, as well as a seemingly reckless lack of care for the lives of the patients. The nurse anxiously notes:
“They’re medically mismanaging these patients…Nobody is listening. They don’t care. I’m literally coming here each day and watching them kill them.”
While describing the living hell she’s forced to work in, Sirotek recalls a series of deaths she had witnessed.
According to her, these fatalities were not only avoidable but in some cases actively brought about by medical intervention.
One of these cases was of a resident doctor who defibrillated a patient with an already beating heart. She says:
“The resident starts doing chest compressions which is not what you do. I run to stop him. He f***ing defibrillates him and kills him. I was literally saying, ”Can you stop him he’s going to kill that patient?” And the director of nursing just shook his head and I turned around and he killed the dude.”
Other shocking incidents Sirotek recalls are of a nurse who administered a lethal dose of short-acting insulin, confusing it for long-acting, a nurse who fell asleep at her station while a patient’s blood pressure dropped without notice, causing permanent mental impairment, and another who placed a feeding tube into a patient’s lungs. Moreover, one patient choked to death on his own blood because the anesthesiologist ruptured his esophagus trying to intubate him. Another patient’s lungs were ‘blown out’ by a wrongly set ventilator.
Nicole is not the only healthcare worker battling COVID-19 who has raised concerns over the effectiveness and potential dangers of ventilators.
Recently, a survey found that nearly 25% of New York patients put on ventilators died. Some medics claim the ventilators do little good to most patients and actual harm to many.
As the frontline nurse talks about her co-workers’ incompetence, she says: ‘Guys they don’t even know when people are dead.’ What’s more, she shares a case when she was assigned to care for a patient about whom she had expressed repeated concern the night before.
“They assigned him to me, and he was already in a body bag.”
Trying to put the horrific current situation she’s been describing into some sort of context, Sirotek says:
“It’s like if we were in Nazi Germany and they were taking the Jews to a gas chamber and I’m the one saying, ‘Hey that’s not okay. This is wrong.’ And then everyone tells me, ‘Hang in there. You’re doing a great job. You can’t save everybody.”
Although the nurse is completely aware that some people will lose their lives to the deadly virus, she believes that many of them die because of doctors’ negligence.
“I’m pretty sure when you defibrillate someone with a heart rate of 40 and a stable rhythm that’s murder. And I’m pretty sure when you put someone’s PEEP (Positive End Expiratory Pressure on a ventilator) up to 25 and PEEP doesn’t go past like 15 or 20 and you blow someone’s lungs out and they die – that’s murder.”
Through tears, Nicole admits she’s out of ideas and needs someone to come up with a solution for this madness. She also confesses she grew up in a poor family, so she knows what it’s like to have no one to help you and advocate for you. Her last words in the video are:
“Stay safe. Stay out of New York City for your health care.”