Frustrated Nurse Lockler wants to teach you a simple lesson about the flu
A frustrated nurse coming off a long shift in the emergency room shared a bit of unsolicited advice in a Facebook video over the weekend, warning people not to come to the ER unless they really have to.
We all know that the US has been hit hard by the flu really badly this season, but a nurse from Florida is astonished at the public's reaction to the outbreak.
Kat Lockler is an emergency room nurse in Northwest Florida, and is currently going viral for a straightforward video she posted online about the public's hygiene and health habits.
Lockler told the Pensacola News Journal that people are not careful about their health and that they are not following simple rules to keep themselves from getting sick, like using a hand sanitizer.
She recorded the video after a long 12-hour shift on January 27.
Here's the video she posted on Facebook:
In the video, titled “After Work Thoughts,” she highlights ways to avoid getting sick unnecessarily. “Right now, we have up to 25 to 30 patients sitting for hours in the emergency room waiting room,” Lockler says in the video.
“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! And guess what? Half of them don’t realize that they have the flu yet. They’ll be back!”
To start: “Wash your stinkin’ hands so you don’t get all your babies sick,” she said.
She recounted an instance when an entire sports team arrived at the ER because one player got sick. She said it is dangerous to visit the ER if it can be avoided, as one can be exposed to countless germs and infections.
She said, "You just got maybe 15 new vectors, or carriers of the flu, by them just walking in."
She's also heard warning people not to come to the “cesspool of funky flu at the ER” unless they really have to.
Lockler insisted that it is best not to visit the ER with a fever if you have not tried getting it under control with a dose of Motrin or Tylenol.
“Please don’t come in and say ‘I have a fever and I had one Tylenol and it didn’t do nothing.’” she said. “Well, of course it didn’t!”
She advised a 400 to 600 milligrams dosage of the medicine for adults with a fever. “And if you’re a big dude in pain,” you can probably take a bit more.
In part of the video she says, “There is a cesspool of funky flu at the ER right now. Please don’t bring your team in. Please don’t bring your healthy children in, especially your newborn babies into the emergency room. And if you don’t have what I would call a true emergency, this would not be the time to come to the emergency room.”
In another section of the video, the nurse sarcastically offers a "magic trick" to save oneself from getting unwell, illustrating how to sneeze into one's arm.
For some dramatic effect, she sarcastically showed viewers the best way to avoid illness by (not) sneezing into one's arm.
“Watch this,” she said, "I’m gonna teach y’all a magic trick, it’s amazing.”
The frustrated nurse pretended to sneeze into the crook of her arm, wherein she covered both her mouth and her nose.
“My sleeve got the germs,” she said. “My hands didn’t because it’s amazing to watch how many people come through the emergency room, sneeze in their hand and I watch, no one grabs the hand sanitizer that’s only every three feet in the ER.”
"Wash your stinking hands," Katherine Lockler reiterates in a six-minute video that's been viewed 4.8 million times.
In conclusion, Lockler's sarcastic tone reached its apex when she complained that people are upset if they have to wait in line to be treated. She said that if someone comes in “who’s bleeding to death, or they’re not breathing, you’re going to have to wait a little longer."
Ending it on a funny note, she claimed that hospital authorities do an "eye ball assessment" to determine if you're dying currently.
Lockler demanded credit for doctors and nurses as they are "putting ourselves into the thick of some nasty germs to help.”
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