Detroit hospital where people were dying in the ER corridor is now running out of body bags and corpses are being stored in the morgue viewing room and sleep lab because there is nowhere else to put them

Saturday, April 11, 2020
By Paul Martin

Detroit Sinai-Grace Hospital is running out of places to store the bodies of coronavirus patients
A healthcare worker reports that an average of five patients die from coronavirus during every 12-hours shift
Bodies are being stored in the morgue and the viewing room as the hospital’s three coolers are full
At least two patients have died in the hallway
One staff member says some families have not been told for days when their family member has died
Staff staged a sit-in Sunday in protest over the lack of support

By FRANCES MULRANEY
DAILYMAIL.COM
11 April 2020

A Detroit hospital where coronavirus patients have died in the emergency room corridor is now beginning to run out of body bags as staff scramble to find places to store an overwhelming number of bodies.

At least two patients left in corridors at Detroit Sinai-Grace Hospital have been found dead by overworked nurses, sources told CNN.

Staff at the hospital are so overwhelmed that the emergency room’s Sunday night nursing team all staged a sit-in to ask for more help, supported by the day-shift staff who worked for 24 hours in their absence.

The coronavirus kills around five patients per every twelve-hour shift and the hospital is now running out of body bags and places to store the bodies, as healthcare workers describe war-like conditions and an high fatality rate.

All three coolers are filled, the morgue and the viewing room next to the morgue are full and right now, we’re taking bodies to the sleep lab to store them,’ Jeff Eichenlaub, a weekend day-shift emergency room nurse at the for-profit hospital, told The Detroit News.

‘We initially had to double bag each patient, but we started to run out of body bags and began scrambling floor-to-floor to find places to take them.’

One worker described the hospital as looking like a ‘third world country in a war zone’.

Another said patients ‘we know are going to pass’ have been taken off monitors to free it up for ‘someone else that needs it’.

‘Last week,’ a nurse said, ‘I did witness one patient who had expired that was on a stretcher bed in the hallway next to someone in a chair’.

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