“Like enjoying Russian roulette.” – Nurses union consultant says there may be not sufficient PPE in St. Catherine’s, St.
Michael Chacon, registered nurse and consultant of the New York State Nurses Affiliation, says there may be not sufficient protecting tools to maintain nurses secure at two Lengthy Island hospitals.
“It is like enjoying Russian roulette,” he informed Information 12.
Chacon says that nurses St. Catherine of Siena Medical Heart in Smithtown and Saint Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson share private protecting tools and reuse masks for as much as six days every week.
“You stroll right into a affected person… who has COVID-19 and also you clear it up otherwise you supply some sort of remedy and also you stroll out of that room with that very same soiled robe and dangle up that robe,” Chacon says.
He says it is not unusual for nurses to name him crying – for concern of going residence and infecting their households. He says a few of them need to share their tales with the general public.
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Chacon says St. Catherine and St. Charles have gag orders on their workers and have been threatened with dismissal in the event that they inform their tales to the media.
Catholic Well being Companies, which operates these amenities, additionally stopped talking with the unions and issued a letter on April 7 which says partly:
Information 12 has requested Catholic Well being Companies to take part on this story. He despatched an e-mail saying:
Chacon says the assertion “couldn’t be farther from the reality.”