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Healthcare workers say some COVID-19 patients and their families are demanding unapproved therapies

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Healthcare workers say some COVID-19 patients and their families are demanding unapproved therapies

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A nurse examines a COVID-19 patient at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla., August 19, 2020.Michael S. Williamson / The Washington Post / Getty Images

  • COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in the United States.

  • Healthcare workers said they were exhausted and overwhelmed, two years after the start of the pandemic.

  • Frontline workers also face patients and their families seeking unproven treatments.

Healthcare workers say COVID-19 patients and their families are demanding unproven COVID-19 treatments – and in some cases, they are receiving threats.

“People act like they can come to the hospital and ask for any therapy they want or, conversely, refuse any therapy they want with the idea that somehow or other ‘another, they can choose and direct their therapy and it doesn’t work, “Dr. Jack Lyons, a doctor at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota, told CNN.

Nikki Motta, a travel nurse who spent the pandemic working in hospitals along the East Coast, told Insider she had brought in patients and their families to ask for drugs like ivermectin that didn’t have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for COVID-19 treatment.

“I think many times, patients admitted to hospital who have not chosen to be vaccinated decide that the information they have received regarding vaccination and treatment plans can be used in the same space as a research establishment and unfortunately that’s often not the case, ”Motta said.

Motta said hospitals normally have their own research protocols for drugs, and doctors from several fields, from pharmacists to infectious disease experts, come together to decide on a plan of care using “high-level evidence. “.

“If things haven’t turned out to be effective [or that] can sometimes do more harm than good to the patient taking them, so usually we won’t give it to them, ”Motta said.

Another travel nurse, who spoke to Insider on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, said patients and their families were threatening her for not using unapproved treatments.

“I have had patients or their family members accuse me of trying to kill them when we are not using the drugs they want us to use,” the nurse told Insider, adding how demoralizing and tiring to go from being called a “health hero” at the start of the pandemic, to now being accused of trying to “kill people and lie to people”.

Motta said that in many encounters, patients tend to understand where healthcare workers are coming from after she explains the misinformation about unproven treatments.

“There is a lot of misinformation out there about the benefits of some of these drugs. So it’s very confusing for people to navigate,” Motta said.

Lyons told CNN that the families of patients “despite” said that by not using these therapies, the hospital “was intentionally trying to harm the people for whom we gave our all to save.”

He said that in one case, the family of a patient under a pseudonym sent a threat to the hospital saying “people are coming for you.”

It comes at a time when cases and hospitalizations across the United States are on the rise, and healthcare workers are bracing for increased pressure on the hospital system during the holidays.

Healthcare workers previously told Insider they were exhausted and overwhelmed. For some, constantly seeing people die over the past two years has been mentally overwhelming, and they fail to see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.

One of them described it as the movie “Groundhog Day”.

“It’s also very difficult because there is still a lot of misconception and misinformation among our patient population,” Motta said. “So the patients who come in who weren’t vaccinated who contracted COVID-19 and want to feel some kind of relief – it’s very difficult to explain to them that it won’t happen in an instant and that they might need other more serious interventions before they get better, if they get better. “

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