Nurse in ICU begs the public to stop being indifferent

SANTA MONICA, CA – DECEMBER 15: A patient survived a code blue and was rushed to the ICU for intubation and on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 in Santa Monica, CA, in a ventilator at the Providence Saint Johns Health Center to be placed. (Francine Orr / Los Ang

A registered nurse in West Covina, California, is urging the public to ‘stop being indifferent’ as she sees an overwhelming number of patients in her ICU unit during the latest COVID-19 boom. In a TikTok video posted before the holiday, Gayana Chuklansev appeared visibly shaken as she compared her hospital to a ‘war zone’.

“We have no ventilators for patients. We have no sedatives. Patients are dying like flies,” she said in her post during her shift at West Covina Hospital, which has been viewed 1.4 million times in the past few days. .

“We are full. We have maximum capacity. We have no resources. We have no staff,” Chuklansev said as he held back tears.

Chuklansev describes the problems her hospital is facing during this latest coronavirus surge and how doctors are overwhelmed with patients, making it difficult to treat each person.

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“We did not report to see patients die because we could not physically help them,” Chuklan explains. “So, please stop being indifferent. Please stay home during the holidays, because it’s only going to get worse.”

Los Angeles County, which recorded 40% of all COVID-19 deaths in the state, reported another 227 new deaths on Tuesday, though the new daily record included reporting from the backlog of vacations. The province’s public health department also confirmed that its highest number of hospitalizations reported in a day is more than 7,000 people, an increase of almost 1,000% over two months ago.

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California health officials announced an extension of the restrictions on Dec. 6 for the province and 22 others in Southern California and San Joaquin Valley agriculture. The regions have about 60% of the state’s 40 million population and have also seen COVID-19 training since the Thanksgiving holiday, which has made hospitals struggling to find beds for patients in emergencies and intensive care units.

Some hospitals pitched tents to accommodate ER patients, and one converted an unused cafeteria to handle patients.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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