A traveling nurse’s tirade has gone viral after she spoke about her experiences working in hospitals across the country during the pandemic.
Alexis Hinkley posted the video to TikTok on Dec. 22, but the post still draws attention. As of January 24, the video has been viewed 10.7 million times.
“One thing I wish more non-medical people understood when addressing Covid survival rates is that no beds in the hospital means no beds,” Ms Hinkley said in the video. “No beds for your stroke, no beds for your heart attack, no beds for your car accident, no beds for your sick child.”
She explained that as Covid takes over hospitals, treatments for other emergencies will be pushed aside.
“You may be very happy with the Covid survival rate, but how happy are you with the survival rate of a massive stroke without TPA (clot-dissolving medicine) because we can’t admit you to any of your local hospitals because ours [emergency department] is already overcrowded with patients? Are you comfortable with these opportunities? I don’t fucking bet,” she added.
“Last January was some of the darkest shit I’ve ever seen in my life,” Ms. Hinkley said. “Shoveling corpses into refrigerated trucks in parking lots. And on the worst days we’ve had, we’ve still averaged just 3,000 deaths a day from Covid. We anticipate 10,000 deaths per day in early February.”
“No beds means no frigging beds,” she added. “You die alone, at home. Her parents die alone at home. You’re welcome, You’re welcome Start listening to healthcare workers yelling for you to help us.”
“I had just spent 13 hours in our ER, and personally I was on a really bad shift,” Ms. Hinkley told BuzzFeed. “I’ve had multiple patient codes, I’ve been on a crisis call, and I’ve been in the ER for the last month.”
“We had over 30 people on stretchers in the hallway,” she said.
“We don’t have enough beds, we don’t have enough staff, we lack everything,” she added. “We were trying to walk down an ER hallway to get to a collapsing patient and we crashed into stretchers with patients and family members sitting on them! There should never be people in the corridor of a hospital. Not in the “richest country in the world”. It feels so pointless to even say it, but it needs to be said.”
“We had about 16 hours of waiting and people were waiting for beds for days,” Ms Hinkley told 11alive. “We had about 40 patients in the hallways. This video was a kind of cry for help for me.”
“I know that from many of us [nurses] I wish we could just strap a GoPro on our heads to show people what’s going on, but we can’t,” she told the outlet. “I was hoping to give those folks who might not have the slightest clue a little insight into what’s going on.”
“You don’t want to sit there with a broken arm or, God forbid, a stroke, a heart attack, something completely unavoidable, and either see a six-hour medical flight to another hospital across the country or nothing.” She added. “And that’s what a lot of people are seeing right now.”
To date, more than 866,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the United States.