How the hospital housekeeper made $11.35 an hour before she died
When doctors found out that an elderly woman had died from COVID-19, she had been out of hospital for three days, so they called in a housekeeper.
“The housekeeper came to the hospital and started cleaning,” says Dr. Robert K. Miller, who treated the patient.
“And then she said, ‘Oh, I don’t have the money to do that, so I’ll do this job for you.'”
The housekeeper, whose name is not being released because of the sensitive nature of the case, had been working for the National Institutes of Health for two years when she died, in November 2016.
She was 62 years old.
The National Institutes for Health did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The housekeepers work in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Miller’s team is working with the patient’s relatives to determine what happened to the woman.
He believes the housekeeper was working for an employee of the hospital, because her name was not listed on the hospital’s payroll.
The woman died of COVID infection at the hospital.
A spokesperson for the hospital said it would not comment on any patient care decisions.
It is unclear whether the housekeepers salary was based on the amount of COID-19 treatment the patient was receiving, or whether it was based solely on her work.
The hospital did not disclose the worker’s name to Miller, or to the public.
“It was just kind of a shock to everybody,” Miller says.
Miller says he would have given a different diagnosis to the housekeeping worker.
“We would have probably done a much better job of diagnosing her,” he says.
“She was working at the time she was infected, and she was working as a housekeeping person.”
“She wasn’t doing the job that she was supposed to be doing,” he continues.
The Housekeeping Worker who worked at the Ohio hospital where a woman died after COVID, says she was “shocked” when she learned her name.
Miller told the story in a story for The Daily Beast, in which he discussed the dangers of treating the elderly by hand.
Miller is not a doctor, but he says that he has been a housekeepers helper for the NIH for years, and he believes the woman was a housekeep.
“I mean, I knew she was a nurse.
I had to make sure she was home by 6:30,” he said.
“There were people around the house.
And she was just doing the right thing.”
Miller believes the homekeeper had been a good employee, and the nurse did her job, although it is unclear if she was paid on time.
“This lady was doing what was required of her,” Miller said.
According to Miller’s article, the house kept the woman alive because it did not have the proper equipment to care for her.
“They had to take her to the ER because they couldn’t afford to do the CPR.
She needed to have that [cardiopulmonary resuscitation] tube in her tube,” he told the Daily Beast.
“That was something I didn’t see in a hospital that did CPR, and I didn-didn’t think it was appropriate.”
The Housekeeper in question is the only one who died.
But Miller believes that a lot of patients who get hospital care by hand are likely to be more sick.
“You see patients come in and they’re very sick.
They’re dying,” he added.
“But they are in a much different state of mind from the patients who are in intensive care.”
He says there are a lot more patients who die of COIDS than the elderly, because the symptoms of the virus are more severe.
“What I mean by that is, if you have a cough, you have no respiratory problems.
If you have heart failure, you’ve got pneumonia.
If there is pneumonia and the heart fails, there’s pneumonia,” Miller told The Daily Beat.
“So the [hospital] staff doesn’t get the patients to get to that stage.
And so they have to be able to do everything they can to try to save the patient.”
A housekeeper working for a federal agency that manages a hospital, which Miller says has a high mortality rate, will make more than a housewife working in the same job.
“A housekeeper’s job is to make a living,” he explains.
“Whereas the [NIH] has a lot fewer resources than a hospital.”
Dr. Miller believes there is a connection between the high death rate of the elderly and the lack of proper medical care.
“If you don’t care for the elderly people, it’s very, very difficult for them to get treatment, to survive, to go home, and to have a quality of life that is stable,” he explained.
“Because it’s so hard to do.
And I think that’s why it’s hard to save them.”
The National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases did not respond to requests