Coronavirus US: Nurse claims NYC is ‘killing’ patients with ventilators

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A nurse working on the frontline in New York City says medical staff are killing patients by putting them on ventilators, describing the situation as a “nightmare” and “horror movie” she doesn’t want to be a part of.

A woman, identified only as Sara NP, said she was a nurse practitioner not on the front lines but was addressing the issue on behalf of her friend in New York City who is working there.

“For her safety she cannot come out and say these things so I am her voice,” she said in the video, posted to Facebook, that she wanted to go “viral”.

Sara said her nurse friend had “used the word ‘murder'” to describe the approach being taken by medical staff at some of the hospitals in NYC.

“People are sick but they don’t have to stay sick. They are killing them, they are not helping them,” she said.

“Coming from a nurse who went to New York City expecting to help. Patients are left to rot and die – her words. She has never seen so much neglect. No one cares.

“They are cold and they don’t care anymore. It’s the blind leading the blind.”

The nurse, according to Sara, said patients requiring more than six litres of nasal cannula – oxygen delivered through a tube in the nose – are intubated and either ventilated or given a tracheotomy.

She said other options, such as a CPAP or BiPAP, are bypassed for a “closed system” – the ventilator.

“The patients don’t know any better. They don’t have family with them … so they are scared and they give consent,” Sara said.

She said the high pressure of the ventilators causes barotrauma or damage to the lungs.

Her friend described the situation as a “nightmare”.

“It’s out of a horror movie and I don’t want to be a part of this,” Sara recalled her saying. “Sometimes they’re not even resuscitating people.” Sara also noted Dr Cameron Kyle-Sidell, a Brooklyn emergency medicine physician, had warned that critically ill coronavirus patients were
being inadvertently harmed by the breathing machines used to keep them alive.