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I'm forwarding these letters from doctors and 
nurses at Elmhurst that were posted to Dr. 
Zdogg's website, because it is crucial that 
progressive activists not be taken in by this 
video, or by two others -- "Plandemic" 
(Miskovitz), and by videos by Dana Ashley.
It's not her anti-vaccine concerns that are 
upsetting, at least not to me (since I am highly 
critical of the vaccine industry myself), but of 
the "undercover nurse's" lies and failure to use 
age-old reporting techniques to ferret out the 
truth (interviews, questions to staff, context, 
response to criticisms). I wish the doc in the 
video here didn't talk about "conspiracy 
theories", which really muddies the waters. But 
these letters from medical staff at Elmhurst ring 
true to me, and need to be heard.

Mitchel Cohen
Coordinator, No Spray Coalition against pesticides

What Really Happened At Elmhurst Hospital

June 11th, 2020

The real victims of misinformation spread by 
nurse Erin Marie Olszewski shared their stories with me.

Just a sample of excerpts (anonymized) below 
(will be adding more as I find a minute to edit 
to keep them anonymous). See our original 
of “Perspectives of the Pandemic” here.

 From a physician fellow at Elmhurst:

As someone who worked in those units and know the 
individuals and patients she referenced I can say 
without question that she spoke from a place of ignorance.

That she would use lazy and faulty conclusions 
based on superficial observations to assign 
motives to and assassinate the character of 
people who worked tirelessly is unconscionable. I 
know these residents and doctors, who paid 
emotional and physical (got sick w/ covid) toll trying their best.

Furthermore, I respect that she had concerns 
about patient care and applaud a system of 
accountability that would give her a voice to ask 

Had she have asked questions and had civil 
discussions with the medical team this is what they would have told her:

While it is true that some patients tested 
negative, those patients all had horrendously 
deranged inflammatory makers (with distributive 
shock on pressure) and chest x rays clearly 
demonstrating lung injury. In this case the 
responsible thing to do is to assume covid 
positive and give the available treatment. 
Speaking of which, all of these patients received 
an adjunctive anti inflammatory treatment 
consistent w CDC recs at the time so I’m not sure 
what her point regarding Plaquenil was.

This is because you’re likely dealing with a 
false Negative test because these patients were 
often unintentionally swabbed too superficially 
(i.e. didn’t get oropharynx because people 
testing don’t want to cause the patient 
discomfort and also limit their own exposure, 
which is understandable). This was a limitation 
of the test itself at the time. This also 
completely undermines the notion that these 
patients were inappropriately intubated for 
conditions like “anxiety”. There was clear evidence of
underlying organic disease processes and high 
flow O2 was often attempted prior to intubation 
when possible, but in addition to needing more 
respiratory support these patients also would 
develop encephalopathy and require intubation for airway protection.

She makes the mistake of comparing a limited 
experience w/ covid in Florida to a different 
population of patients (much sicker) in New York.

Each of her other arguments/points could be 
similarly refuted by anyone with first hand 
knowledge of the situation. You get the point.

This nurse may think she is helping in her own 
delusional way but effectively she is 
type-casting an entire community and hospital as 
inept, inadequate, and ignorant. I wonder if she 
would have made this video if she was working in 
the established hospitals across in Manhattan? 
I’ve worked shifts I’m both ICU’s during this 
crisis. While Elmhurst is a public hospital and 
as a result may lack some resources, I can tell 
you the medical decision making was consistent in 
both and outcomes were similar. These were simply 
sick patients. Inherent in her video is a bias 
and prejudice that is damaging in its own right.

Of course I was mad, but of this makes me sad 
more than anything. Sad for colleagues who were 
portrayed as inhuman/inept when they volunteered 
to do these shifts because they felt the call to 
duty (no hefty hazard pay required, like this 
nurse received). These same individuals shed 
tears over their patients, I’ve seen it, they 
just chose to do so privately, confiding only in 
their closest friends, rather than online. They 
also got sacrificed their bodies and got sick caring for their patients.

I’m sad that someone would hijack the struggle of 
an underserved community for the purpose of their 
own narrative, and in doing so stereotype them all in a damaging way.

But most of all, I’m thankful you took the time 
to stand up for them. They certainly appreciate it.

 From a traveling nurse co-worker at Elmhurst:

First, as healthcare professionals we all can see 
through the misconception and ill perspective of 
the psycho that worked hand in hand next to me. 
Someone I thought was a friend, someone that was 
in the trenches of Elmhurst with me-I thought-for all the right reasons.

But, here is Erin Marie… Firstly, Covid rule outs 
WERE homed with Covid positive patients at the 
beginning of this pandemic-why- because the 
hospital was 80% OVER capacity. Imagine-we had 
152 patients on ventilators when I walked through 
that door April 11th. We still have original 
Covid patients in the ICU units-some that were 
intubated at the end of March. They are now 
successfully trached, out of bed to chair, and 
undergoing pt/ot as they should be. Truth-there 
are patients that have negative Covid 
tests-falsely-why because they had elevated 
inflammatory markers on admission. Huge cause for 
a false negative-clinically present with glass 
ground opacities in the lungs, and rapid onset of 
multi organ system failure. And, as you 
said-false negatives and false positives happen. 
In the case of my *** patient (Erin mentioned)-I 
can tell you more about that person than I can 
myself. Presented  to the ED with shortness of 
breath and a cough. No underlying medical 
conditions. Now, take into consideration-this is 
the melting pot of the US-there are so many 
ethnicities and cultures here-healthcare is not 
free and they are underprivileged and don’t 
receive treatment when they should… was admitted 
to a Covid med surg floor ( tested positive) on a 
nasal canula, to venti mask to nonrebreather to 
eventually bipap. Was proning during this time. 
He was also receiving hydroxychloroquine and 
azithromycin. Guess what happened next-had a 
MI-prolonged QT. That’s what landed him on the 
ventilator with renal failure to follow. He had a 
dialysis catheter placed, an a-line, and a triple 
lumen central line. Why. Because those are needed 
tools in the ICU-that’s a critical care 
patient-Covid or not. I don’t know about you but 
I’m not infusing levophed, vasopressin, and neo 
through peripherals that need to be changed every 
72 hours on someone with poor vascular access and 
terrible perfusion. A line for ABGS and blood 
draws to be able to wean or titrate the 
ventilator and replace electrolytes as needed, 
and review renal panels for preparation of HD. 
All of these lines and tubes and we still with 
help of an Air Force prone team were proning my patient!

Truth-Erin Marie is NOT a critical care nurse-she 
claims she is an ED nurse. She was taught how to 
inline suction, how to titrate drips, and how to 
open and insert the chamber into the epi syringe 
during a code(I’m pretty sure that must have been 
used in her ED career at some point). The night 
she videotaped and recorded my conversation and 
my patient was the night he passed. (Redacted for patient privacy)

Following the deaths of these three patients on 
that same night, CCU became a clean unit-there is 
no Covid or suspected Covid in the unit. Shoe 
covers are only worn in level 3 zones-not 
throughout the entire facility as she claims. 
What Erin doesn’t share is that the “dentist and 
ophthalmologist” working in the ICUs they have a 
defined role-they are the medical professionals 
that FaceTime family members at bedside. They are 
not treating! They are an extension of the 
nursing staff so we can provide more time caring 
for our patients and less time answering phone 
calls and talking to families…during this 
pandemic. What Erin doesn’t share is she was 
moved from night shift to dayshift on her own 
accord(it seems once she got what she wanted from 
her recordings) and shortly after terminated by 
Elmhurst and Krucial staffing for accusing a 
physician of murdering her patient.

To express the level of betrayal, hurt , doubt, 
pure disgust and anger is something I can not put 
into words. Working at a level one trauma center 
in a hurricane prevalent area, I came to Elmhurst 
to give the regular staff some reprieve-a fresh 
face-a strong skill set-and to answer my nursing 
oath. I thought others did too and man did this 
one nurse prove me wrong. We were welcomed with open arms and air hugs.

My heart hurts for the regular staff at 
Elmhurst-they are good nurses-they have good 
docs(and bad docs) but who doesn’t. But, the 
amount of mistrust, doubt, and fear that her 
video portrays to an otherwise already 
underprivileged city hospital-that’s not ok. All 
I keep thinking about are the families, the 
morale of the staff…there was no good to come 
from her video. It puts agency nurses in a 
terrible light-we already face obstacles of “oh 
you’re just a travel nurse” We aren’t all the 
same. Please feel free to share with the 
tribe-just keep it anonymous for me-The 
reputation is fractured. The morale is terrible. 
And it’s not fair for these nurses-most CCRN 
certified to always be portrayed in a negative 
light. And, it shows credibility that not all travel nurses are snakes.

 From a pulmonary attending who cared for one of the patients mentioned:

I’m pulmonary/critical care in *** and 
volunteered through SCCM to go to NY as a 
pulmonary/critical care physician. I ended up at 
Elmhurst for a month and loved it. PCCM was 
needed so badly there; they got hammered and 
badly needed critical care docs. That’s an easier 
story to tell by voice than by the written word. 
Everyone there that I worked with, from the 
nurses to the docs, the residents and fellows, 
all worked really hard for the benefit of every 
patient. The residents got thrown into the lion’s 
mouth when the virus hit that hospital. It was 
really bad for them. The hospital ran out of 
ventilators and they had to decide who got 
ventilators (exame: choose between the older 
grandfather or the younger 40 year old with kids, 
etc.), which tore them up emotionally a lot. Many 
told me how they cried over what they saw and 
really had what I would describe as moral 
distress. Later the hospital got ventilators 
(less-than-ideal travel vents) but they needed 
staff. It was over a month later before Locums 
and volunteers started to arrive.

Anyway, I saw that Erin person around a few times 
but she was never the nurse on any of my 
patients. It turned out she was making 
inflammatory posts on social media which people picked up on.

She was an agency nurse with Krucial and was 
working nights. Apparently no one saw her social 
media posts, which were really inflammatory. She 
got busted when she had remained logged in for 12 
hours outside of her assigned shift time 
gathering information. She got moved to days and 
then her social media posts were found by someone 
(her staffing agency?) and they pulled her from 
the “A4 unit” (normally a step down floor that 
was converted into an ICU) and sent her to the ER 
to work. Very shortly after that same day she was 
kicked out. The part in italics was told to me by a nurse from her agency.

A few days ago I saw Erin’s video and was as 
shocked by it and how misleading it was. The part 
that I can directly refute is her crying claim at 
the end of it where she says a resident 
incorrectly ambu-bagged her patidet suggesting it 
led to his death. Absolutely untrue.

Here is what really happened on the morning she 
was thrown out: I was rounding on A4 and they 
called a code a few doors down from where my team 
was. I walked over and started my assessment. The 
patient was morbidly obese and hypoxic and had 
weak pulse. We immediately disconnected the vent 
and tried to bag him to evaluate the airway, but 
there was no air movement; the bag could not 
squeeze. I tried to suction the trach and the 
suction catheter could not advanced through the 
trach, so I knew it was occluded or dislodged 
from the trachea. As we examined the patient 
quickly, it was immediately apparent that there 
was a ton of subcutaneous air on the chest 
(right > left), so I knew the trach got pushed 
out from the trachea. There was no way ay that 
time to find the trachea through the stoma. I was 
there with an ER doc who was acting as an 
intensivist on a different team. I intubated the 
gentleman and he did bilateral chest tubes, which 
confirmed tension pneumothorax. A CRNA came and I 
asked him to confirm tube placement, as the views 
were terrible considering the size of his neck 
and the capnometer was giving us equivocal 
readings. The CRNA used a glide scope and we 
decided to make sure the ETT was in place so he 
used a Bougie and then we put a 2nd tube over 
that and knew we were definitely in. We had 
already started CPR and marched through ACLS like 
military cadence. Unfortunately he never regained 
his pulse or blood pressure. I called it at 18 
minutes, with the full agreement of the other 
attendings, including the patient’s medicine 
attending. Many were upset over the gentleman’s 
death as apparently he had been doing so well and was actually improving.

As to why he developed a spontaneous tension 
pneumothorax, I don’t know. The nurses were 
saying a resident was in the room beforehand 
adjusting the PEEP, but I spoke to the residents 
and then an attending who said he was making some 
ventilatory adjustments and never touched the 
PEEP. I told the nurses after the code what 
happened and that it looked like a spontaneous 
pneumothorax and the trach came out from the 
subcutaneous air. There was no resident 
“incorrectly ambu-bagging” the patient which led to his death.

That AM, the nurses had been sympathetic to Erin 
(clearly one had called her), but by later that 
day her social media posts had started making the 
rounds. As nurses read them, they were OUTRAGED 
at what she was stating and doing. Since then, 
many things that she posted on her Facebook have 
been deleted, but the reality is that someone in 
her agency and the hospital figured out she was a 
wolf in sheep’s clothing and booted her out due 
to her social media posts and apparently her IT violations.

 From an ICU nurse at Elmhurst:

I am a MICU/CCU nurse at Elmhurst Hospital.  The 
way you spoke up for us literally made tears come 
out of my eyes. We were once called heroes now we 
are murderers. We are getting death threats and 
are told not to wear our scrubs for safety when 
coming to work. I worked with COVID19 patients 
since day 1, got sick, went thru emotional 
turmoil along with physical exhaustion. I will 
never forget  how much we sweat with our googles 
fogged up, had headaches and a sore throat with 
wearing the N95 for more than 12 hours running 
room to room as the saturation levels went down to the 40’s.

So many of us got sick and to have someone who 
came to make up some story and twist it is so 
wrong. This nurse deserves her license revoked. 
She puts the profession of nursing to a shame. 
She claims her private institution in Florida had 
no deaths related to COVID. According to her 
facebook she is from Tampa Florida which falls 
under Hillsborough county which had 81 deaths. 
The total population of Tampa, Fl is 392,890 
whereas the total population in Queens, NY is 2.73 million.

This so called holistic anti-vax , anti-chemo RN 
from the ED who claims to have all crossed 
trained nurses when in fact she was being taught 
how to suction patients on the vent has convinced 
certain people that COVID-19 did not even exist 
and the solution to COVID is sunshine, sea water, 
hydroxychloroquine and vitamin C.

There is no cure for COVID-19 as of yet. We tried 
the plasma, hydroxychloroquine remdesimvir and 
more which did not improve some of these 
patients’ conditions. We were physically tired 
where I had worked 14 1/2 hour shifts but the 
emotional turmoil this brought upon us cannot 
even be expressed in words. We had to open up 160 ICU beds.

I can not even imagine how the lies of this 
person affected  those who are already grieving 
with the loss of their family members. We held a 
candle light vigil because we wanted to say a few 
words and have closure because of everyone who 
passed. So these are nurses and doctors who do 
care. People like Erin Marie Olszewski have no 
shame and do not care for anyone but themselves.

Thank you Dr. Z because the only people who seem 
to know she is lying at this time are healthcare professionals.

 From a traveling nurse at Elmhurst:

As a travel nurse working at Elmhurst hospital I 
just wanted to thank you for your videos 
supporting those of us that work here. Have we 
done everything right? No, it’s an unknown 
disease and mistakes were made. I know for a fact 
that everyone here has worked their hardest and 
done everything possible to treat the patients 
here. I’ve seen the staff nurses get teary-eyed 
when they talk about the first few days of the 
pandemic. I’ve seen doctors and nurses work 
tirelessly to save patients and do all they can 
for them, sometimes even if nothing is left to be 
done but hold their hand. So, from the bottom of 
my heart, I thank you for not letting the truth go unknown.

More stories coming shortly…



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