‘Wash your stinking hands’
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A nurse’s Facebook rant about the “cesspool of funky flu” in emergency room waiting areas is getting a lot of attention.
“Wash your stinking hands,” Katherine Lockler says in a six-minute video that’s been viewed 4.8 million times since she recorded it in frustration after a 12-hour shift during this particularly nasty flu season.
She said 25 to 30 people often sit for hours in hospital waiting rooms as the worst cases get treated first.
“Some of them are not true emergencies, but they’re waiting along with the flu right next to them. So guess what? Five flus came in, 15 flus walk out. It’s great,” she said sarcastically. “They’ll be back.”
Lockler told the Pensacola News Journal her intent was not just to vent, but to offer a constructive message from a health care professional’s perspective.