Three of the five workers are in isolation as opposed to the standard two to three days, an extremely rare practice. They have not been put on the highest level of isolation, with only the most carefully trained personnel. One nurse who is being monitored in her office said the hospital does not want to let anybody else go anywhere without an administrator there to protect them. She said “We’ve been asked not to leave our office.” Other employees at the hospital said that a nurse has been told to not touch her patient with any object. The worker has been informed, “Your family is in the hospital so you need to stay close to them and watch your temperature all the time.” This is part of an all out attempt to keep the workers as quiet as possible, so they may not alert anyone that they are there and, worse for them, can potentially spread the infection. Most of those who work in this field in the U.S. and elsewhere seem to be very relaxed and very friendly. They are very happy that they work in a sanitized, safe environment. There is some evidence that a large proportion of the “sanitized” jobs are really not as clean as they are advertised. The “cleaner” is almost always not the person carrying it out of the room.
We were sent photos early last week of what appeared to be a person on the floor of a treatment center in Dallas in a very strange manner. There actually appears to have been a human. A physician looked at the X-rays and thought it was someone infected with the virus but was unable to do anything. The photos were not of any of the patients but were of a huge room in the facility where the workers and visitors were being treated. The workers are using “air mattresses,” air mattresses with a metal frame around the middle, a very nice touch. It is not apparent if it is “the air mattress” or some type of plastic mattress they use for many medical care settings.
In this new kind of sanitized patient room in a room full of medical technicians using a plastic mattress. There were many of these around the hospital.
A hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area has started ordering air mattresses in large numbers. They have sold $100,000 in new ones. They are being paid to use. What kind of air mattresses do they need for these patients. I’ve seen plenty of pictures of the air mattresses but they do show how clean the patient room in a hospital is, except of course for the patient. No blood on the floor, no vomit on the walls, etc. No visible scabs or sores, no exposed sores on the skin, or the patient. All of that except the person. They are not looking at the person, they are looking at the mattress. What we will see is a normal person, not a patient with an infected or contagious illness.
“It’s always better to be naked in the middle of a crowded room (or a room full of medical staff) than to be naked and exposed in the hallway outside.” – Dr. William Schaffner, MD
These air mattresses are not very clean. They are made of a material that has been in use for as long as human history and is not intended to be replaced and cleaned. They are also very expensive - $1,600 a “unit”. The cost to the hospital, $100,000 for a new unit. There will be enough air mattresses in the hospital to provide bedding for about 180,000 beds and staff is being paid for putting on a mattress, not cleaning it. Another strange thing from the photos is the plastic of the mattress frame. The frame is made of something called a “Nodal Fiber” a composite material made from fibers of plastics. The frame will be reused in different sizes at different times, thus eventually the plastic can break down. It is unknown just what has been inside of the frames for quite some time, because of the material’s age. It is an old material that was used long before the early medical treatments and has been kept, as a medical material, for quite some time. They also want to make the entire plastic a part of the new unit. According to the website here the hospital currently has an “Ace of Spades” ranking system in place that allows the hospital to give grants to medical schools for their medical students that want to practice in California. The Medical Schools have agreed to a partnership deal for a certain number of slots in California and can use those grants to pay for living and school expenses for each student. The doctors at the hospital were all asked to sign a contract “agreeing” not to speak to Dr. Schaffner or a former employee of their hospital or to share any video or related media of the medical facility or