Florida nurse's flu rant: 'Wash your stinking hands'

  • Florida nurse's flu rant: 'Wash your stinking hands'

Florida nurse's flu rant: 'Wash your stinking hands'

Katherine Lockler, RN, works at several emergency rooms in northwest Florida and filmed the video after a 12-hour night shift.

Lockler could not be immediately reached for comment by The Washington Post.

She's talking about getting T-shirts made that say "Wash your stinkin' hands!" which now seems to be Kat's catchphrase.

She then demonstrated how to minimize the transmission of germs while sneezing, quipping, "Watch this - I'm going to teach you all a magic trick". In dramatic slow motion.

Emergency rooms throughout the country and in the greater New Orleans area have been overwhelmed with flu patients.

"If you have a team member from your softball team who is sick or injured, you don't bring the entire team in to visit them...there is a cesspool of funky flu at the ER". "Because guess what? You just got maybe 15 new vectors, or carriers of the flu, by them all walking in". So please dont bring your team in. Please don't bring your team in.

Oh, and she also has a message for everyone yelling at her about the long wait in the emergency room these days: "If you ain't dying now, you're going to have to wait a little bit longer", she says.

She told the Pensacola News Journal that the video was meant to send a message from a health care professional's perspective.

She breaks down the math: "Some of them are not true emergencies, but they're waiting along with the flu right next to them".

Katherine Lockler has worked as a nurse for 10 years.

Lockler ended her video by asking others to send support to all of the medical professionals working overtime during flu season. "For her time and effort, she is being reported to the Board of Registered Nursing and her hospital". She went on to apologize to anyone offended by her tone, but insists that regardless of how she may have come off the message is still "right on the money".

Hospitalizations for flu have reached their highest level in the United States for almost a decade, US health officials said on Friday.

The number of people visiting doctors with flu-like symptoms has risen to 6.6 per cent, which is reportedly the highest level of activity recorded since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic (which peaked at 7.7 per cent).

East Jefferson General Hospital has also seen an uptick.

The CDC said that during the week ending January 27, the agency received reports of 16 children who recently died of influenza and related complications.

Parents or coaches who bring their healthy kids to the ER when they really dont belong there. If you don't have a tissue, use your upper sleeve.

Since Lockler's video, an online petition is urging support for "ER nurses and staff and the spreading of education during this awful flu season".

Brad Dalton, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Health, told The Post that he can not comment on complaints unless probable cause is established.

While some people see the video as a rant about poor hygiene, Lockler says she saw it as a plea, for people to make better choices.

"She sounds like my sister who is Director of Critical Care and my other sister who is an ER nurse", Robert Sd wrote.