Emergency Room employees at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit recently exposed the hospital’s methods of handling the dead in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. CNN published pictures it received showing bodies haphazardly placed in a vacant sleep studies room at the hospital.
In the shocking scene, there are two bodies lying on the sleep studies bed, and hospital staff seem to have placed yet another body sitting up in a chair next to the bed. All three are in body bags – the story doesn’t mention what the temperature might have been in the room at the time.
Two ER employees speaking on condition of anonymity ran down exactly how the situation developed for CNN. One of them said, “All I know is we ran out of beds to keep our patients on so we couldn’t spare any for the bodies.” They went on to say… “It was because we hadn’t gotten our outside freezers yet, so those rooms had beds and the morgue people don’t work overnight.”
In another gruesome scenario at the same hospital, bodies of the dead were stacked on top of each other in a refrigerated unit in the facility meant for bodies. Apparently the hospital had no equipment or procedures for simply lifting dead bodies onto the proper shelf in the unit. So hospital staff just stacked the dead on top of one another on the floor.
One ER employee that witnessed it said, “Bodies are definitely double stacked on the floor. There is no lift to help put the bodies on the shelf.” The circumstance persisted during at least one 12-hour shift in early April. Employees say the sheer number of COVID-19 patients at the time was simply overwhelming.
After first dodging CNN’s request for comment, Sinai-Grace spokesman Brian Taylor finally spoke up today, saying, “Patients who pass away at our hospital are treated with respect and dignity, remaining on-site until they can be appropriately released.”
As you can see, there’s no actual apology for the families of the dead in the statement. Taylor also went on to compare his hospital’s handling of COVID-19 deceased to that of hospitals in New York and elsewhere. He never addressed what was going on at Sinai-Grace in regards to these incidents.
We’ll let you know if anything changes – until the next time it drips…