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US hospital forced to pile bodies in spare rooms as morgue overflows

By June 19, 2020 No Comments
Photos shared among emergency room staff at a US hospital show bodies being stored in vacant hospital rooms and piled on top of each other inside refrigerated holding units brought into the hospital’s parking lot.
CNN acquired the photos from an emergency room worker at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit.
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Bodies have been seen piled up outside the hospital morgue.(CNN)
The ER workers spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity out of concern for their jobs.
The two sources said that at least one room, which is typically used for studies on sleeping habits, was used to store bodies because morgue staff did not work at night, and the morgue was full.
“All I know is we ran out of beds to keep our patients on so we couldn’t spare any for the bodies,” one ER worker, who witnessed the bodies in the room, said.
In the photo two bodies were put on a bed, side by side, and another body is placed in a chair next to the bed. All three bodies are in white body bags.
Sinai Grace Hospital is seen in Detroit.(CNN)
“It was because we hadn’t gotten our outside freezers yet, so those rooms had beds and the morgue people don’t work over night,” the ER worker said.
In response to the incident, two hospital ER workers said the hospital decided to order portable refrigerator storage units to store the bodies.
On Saturday, CNN visited the hospital. Five refrigerated storage units could be seen in the parking lot.
And, in another photo obtained by CNN from an emergency room worker, body bags are shown overlapping each other inside a refrigerated unit at the hospital.
Two other ER workers confirmed they have personally seen victims placed like this inside the units due to the growing number of bodies.
They say that blue bags shown in the photo are the personal effects of the deceased.
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“Bodies are definitely double stacked on the floor. There is no lift to help put the bodies on the shelf,” one ER worker, who has witnessed similar scenes of bodies, said.
In response to a call for comment, hospital spokesman Brian Taylor told CNN: “Patients who pass away at our hospital are treated with respect and dignity, remaining on-site until they can be appropriately released.”
“Like hospitals in New York and elsewhere, we have secured additional resources such as mobile refrigeration units to help temporarily manage the capacity issue caused by COVID-19.”
Six ER workers told CNN that the hospital was treating about 100 to 130 patients at a time during a period in early April when it was at its highest volume.
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Over the past several days, according to the workers, the case load has dropped significantly to about 50 patients, which they say is a more manageable number.
Mr Taylor said the hospital was focused on bringing in additional nursing resources to help care for the increase in cases.
– This article was reproduced with permission from CNN
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