Patients have been termed the “talking dead” because they can’t exist without an oxygen machine.
Patients with CORONAVIRUS are dubbed the “talking Dead” since they are only kept alive by assisted oxygen equipment.
The announcement came after a hospital in Florida saw a significant increase in COVID-19 patients. Doctors at a Florida hospital said they were overwhelmed by the need for oxygen machines. Desperate doctors have dubbed certain coronavirus patients at the hospital the “talking dead,” as they paint a grim picture of the deadly pathogen’s spread.
There are currently 135 coronavirus patients at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Florida, up from 41 in January.
The majority of the new cases have not been immunized.
“Those are patients who are still awake right now, who are still conscious,” CNN’s Polo Sandoval said of the oxygen-depleted patients at the hospital.
“So they’re having these extremely painful conversations with their doctors and nurses, and they’re confronting the very harsh reality that if that life-sustaining equipment that’s breathing for them is removed, they might die in a matter of minutes,” as one hospital official put it to me.
Ryan Smith, the top clinical officer at the Florida hospital, has also worked as a nurse to gain a better understanding of the situation.
He detailed the agony of removing patients from their oxygen machines.
“The first portion of my shift, I had my first few patients look at me and say, ‘don’t let me die,’” Mr Smith explained.
“As soon as you take them out of the gadgets, they stop working.
“Watching them fade away is the most difficult thing for me.”
When a patient is gradually weaned off of supplemental oxygen, the patient’s condition often rapidly deteriorates.
“The ‘talking dead’ didn’t make sense to me until I saw it firsthand,” Dr. Smith stated.
“When they don’t have that oxygen, it’s how quickly they decompensate.”
People need to know the virus “is genuine,” he said.
He went on to say that it “affects a lot more people than it should.”
Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida attempted to prohibit school districts from enforcing mask laws.
A judge, however, overturned the ban.