The president of the Minnesota Nurses Association says resources are beginning to become stretched as a surge in COVID corresponds with flu season and elective surgeries
” I would hate to see the lightbulb go on when theyre heading in an ambulance to my ICU,” said Mary Turner, who is an ICU nurse at a level one trauma center in the Twin Cities. “I dislike to have people going, I must have listened. I need to have cared”
Since that day, shes worked through the preliminary peak and the roller rollercoaster that has actually followed.
” At one point we had three ICUs complete, 3 med-surg units loaded with COVID,” she stated. “Then it did a down swing and at the end of summer, on my flooring, a 13 bed system, at one point we only had 3 COVID (cases) and we thought, My goodness. Were in the house stretch. Unfortunately that is not the case any more.”
” I do not know the number of calls Ive had in the middle of the night,” Turner said during a Coronavirus briefing on April 17th. “Asking us, can you please just put the phone approximately their ear, so we can tell them we love them?”
” And more importantly, we are starting to see our first cases of flu/COVID,” she said. “A mix of the 2.”
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, in the last month there has actually been a 70% boost in COVID patients needing hospitalization. Turner states COVID clients have actually when again filled her ICU and another med-surg floor at the medical facility, with others filling quickly.
Back in April, Turner first spoke on behalf of the 23,000 members of the Minnesota Nurses Association, but she also spoke about her own personal experience on the front lines.
MINNEAPOLIS– As daily COVID cases and hospitalizations rise in Minnesota and throughout the country, the president of the Minnesota Nurses Association hopes you do more than shrug.
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And she says, today, COVID and emergency situation clients arent the only ones filling beds.
” I would dislike to see the lightbulb go on when theyre heading in an ambulance to my ICU,” said Mary Turner, who is an ICU nurse at a level one injury center in the Twin Cities.” At one point we had 3 ICUs full, three med-surg systems full of COVID,” she said. “Then it did a down swing and at the end of summer, on my flooring, a 13 bed system, at one point we just had three COVID (cases) and we thought, My goodness. Were using the Remdesivir; Dexamethasone, Decadron, thats the steroid; (convalescent) plasma, however its not like, Oh, you get the drugs and youre much better,” Turner said.” Back in March and April, the healthcare facilities werent doing elective surgical treatments,” Turner stated.
” Im down to two shifts (re-using a mask), which is much better than ten, which is what it was in March,” she said. “But I was just up in Brainerd where those nurses are using their N-95s for 5 whole shifts.”
Were using the Remdesivir; Dexamethasone, Decadron, thats the steroid; (convalescent) plasma, but its not like, Oh, you get the drugs and youre better,” Turner stated. I know that President Trump got the best of care and he got out of there quite rapidly, but the typical course of the stay is like 3-4 weeks.”
However as she and other nurses brace for the next peak, two brand-new research studies show that COVID death rates are dropping, thanks to better treatments. Turner says she has seen enhanced results first hand, however alerts that its not a factor for anyone to let their guards down.
And at that picket line in Brainerd recently, she says she discovered some personnel outside of nursing arent getting PPE at all.
” Back in March and April, the health centers werent doing optional surgeries,” Turner stated. “Well this is elective surgery season. All individuals attempting to get their optional surgical treatments done before the end of the year. Its going to be a predicament.”
” If theyve got individuals running around, like the housekeeping coming in and cleaning up the COVID room afterwards, and they dont have personal protective equipment, thats a problem,” Turner stated. “Thats why we state we dont have enough.”
Difficult, due to the fact that she states nurses all over are still re-using PPE, initially designed for a single shift.