Nurse says she expressed security considerations however was ignored
A house healthcare nurse from Henry Ford Well being System stated she stop her job in the course of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster as a result of she was involved about her life and the security of her sufferers.
Sabine Ashman mentioned she expressed considerations about treating coronavirus sufferers however was ignored.
She handled transplant and most cancers sufferers inside their houses. Each kinds of sufferers have extraordinarily compromised immune methods, based on consultants.
Ashman stated she pushed again when superiors informed her she must begin treating sufferers with COVID-19, as properly.
“We tried to talk up, however they simply saved attempting to close us up,” Ashman mentioned.
After 10 years as a Henry Ford house healthcare nurse, Ashman give up final month when she was instructed to see COVID-19 sufferers.
“They may see COVID sufferers initially of the day after which cross-contaminate five different wholesome individuals,” Ashman mentioned.
She mentioned her considerations weren’t taken significantly.
“Dwelling care didn’t have the correct precautions earlier than they made the choice to take COVID-19 sufferers,” Ashman stated. “Once more, you have got isolation kits. Ensure that they’re not listed on the identical day as present sufferers.”
She stated she filed a grievance with the Michigan Occupational Security and Well being Administration, however the industrial hygienist specialist was happy with Henry Ford’s response.
“I want that they’d bodily go down there and have a look at the paperwork,” Ashman mentioned. “For two weeks there was good contamination occurring, and that saddens me.”
Within the midst of the pandemic, the mom of two stated she doesn’t know what to do subsequent.
“I’m undecided if I need to be in nursing anymore,” Ashman mentioned. “I wouldn’t thoughts having my own residence care firm — one which’s sincere and actually seems out for sufferers.”
Ashman stated she’s scared for residence care and hospital nurses on the entrance traces.
“Positively my life was in danger, identical to my coworkers’,” Ashman stated. “I don’t really feel like they’re doing sufficient nonetheless, however it’s as much as my coworkers now to combat that battle.”
Here’s a assertion from David Olejarz, the supervisor of media relations at Henry Ford Well being System/Henry Ford Hospital:
“In any well being care setting, the well being and security of our sufferers and crew members is paramount. Our crew of house well being care professionals take care of sufferers recovering from sickness or damage within the comfort of their residence.
“All through this pandemic, our residence well being care workforce members have been geared up with the required private protecting tools when caring for a COVID-19 affected person discharged from the hospital. Our groups are suggested to not enter a house with out that tools.
“To additional scale back the chance of publicity, our group members are directed to schedule visits with COVID-19 sufferers and non COVID-19 sufferers on separate days. When that isn’t doable, visits with COVID-19 sufferers are scheduled on the finish of the day. Of the almost 2,000 sufferers we’re caring for of their properties, 46 are recovering from the coronavirus.
“Now we have taken all the mandatory security precautions to guard our sufferers and group members throughout these visits. These protections have been reviewed and upheld by the Michigan Occupational Security and Well being Administration.”