Health care workers at Wyckoff Medical Center demand more resources

Health care workers at Wyckoff Medical Center are demanding more resources and relief to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

Apr 10, 2020, 7:30 PM

Updated 1,509 days ago

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Health care workers at Wyckoff Medical Center are demanding more resources and relief to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 
"At the end of the day, the nurses have tears in their eyes and the smell of death in their mouth. These nurses need relief, they need help,” said RN Case Manager Sheryl Powell. 
Nurses at the medical center are raising concerns about a lack of personal protective equipment, a need for more nurses, and a need for better access to COVID-19 testing for healthcare workers. 
 "We used to start our day with a giant cup of coffee, now we are trying to start our day just getting some equipment to get to these patients in a timely manner,” said Powell. 
Nurses say they have been forced to reuse their protective gear for at least a week before it can be replaced. 
"We use the same gown. We go from one patient to the next, to the next. That is not healthy as well, so we are cross-contaminating. It is very scary because a majority of us, we have young children at home. My fear is I'm with a patient, my gown tears. I don't know what this patient has,” said Registered Nurse Johanna Gonzalez. 
They are demanding the hospital to hire more nurses and allow better access to COVID-19 testing for the staff. 
They’re also calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to prioritize distributing personal protective equipment to hospitals in the hardest-hit areas in the state. 
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