NJ Hospital 'Like A War Zone', Asks For Donations

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, N.J. is down to three ventilators for 85 patients, and staff there is describing the scene as a war zone.

Dr. Suraj Saggar, Chief of Infectious Disease at the hospital, told NJ.com that everyone is exhausted. 

Face masks are being disinfected with ultraviolet light and reused, and gloves and eye shields are running low.

A lack of protective gear leaves the staff at risk and there are fears of staffing shortages. 

The hospital's chief medical officer, Dr. Adam Jarrett, told WCBS 880's Marla Diamond that in his 30 years in health care, he's never seen anything like this. 

"I don't want to call it a war in the sense that, at this point, and hopefully it doesn't get there, that we have patients waiting in hallways on ventilators and they're not being cared for," Jarrett said.

"I am very concerned that if the onslaught continues, if we don't get some relief in terms of supplies and in terms of additional staff, and if the social distancing methods that are being discussed are not taken seriously, then we may get to the point where I can't go home at night and say that we didn't compromise care," he added.

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He said everyone who wants to help should follow social distancing guidelines and considere donating supplies or money to the hospital. 

According to Dr. Stavros Christoudias, Chair of the New Jersey Doctor-Patient Alliance, Valley Hospital in Ridgewood is almost in the same boat. 

"We are almost at capacity," Christoudias said. 

Valley Hospital issued their own appeal over the weekend, asking local residents to drop off unused n95 respirators, surgical masks, face shields, goggles, gloves and gowns.