Yonkers Fighting COVID-19: One Shift in the ED

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Health Editor’s Note: While this is a picture of one emergency department (ED) in one city, these scenes are repeated all of the world. Then do I need to also mention what Intensive Care Units look like?……Carol 

‘In one shift I pronounced 6 people dead.’ Brutal pics shows front line of COVID-19 fight

by BRIAN MAHONEY and JOHN MINCHILLO Associated Press

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — A nurse furiously pushes down on a man’s chest as five other caregivers in full protective gear surround the patient’s bed.



Suddenly, one throws up his arms and steps backward.

“OK, move! Everybody move!” are the instructions.

Moments after they back away, an alarm sounds and the electrodes fastened to the patient’s chest deliver a shock to his heart. His arm spasms. He shakes on the bed. Soon after, he is placed on a ventilator. He has been saved — for now.

 

“It’s been a nightmare. We have a volume of sick people like you can’t believe. In one shift, I pronounced six people dead,” said Dr. Anthony Leno, the hospital’s director of emergency medicine, who before the outbreak on average pronounced one dead in a 10-12 hour shift.

The Yonkers hospital, which sits near the Bronx border and serves one of the poorest sections of Westchester County’s largest city, has been besieged by the new coronavirus. Half of the approximately 280 staff members who were tested for the disease were positive — with another 25 to 30 still awaiting results, according to Dean Civitello, the vice president for human resources.

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