BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Allegations of understaffed units at Erie County Medical Center have gone viral on the social media platform TikTok.
The video was posted earlier this week by the union representing nurses at ECMC and some viewers have reached out asking us to look into it.
It has over 20,000 views and claims there is a severe staffing shortage in the medical center’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program.
Lona DeNisco is one of the nurses in the video. She tells 7 News at one point she was in charge of 50 people by herself and it is an ongoing issue.
According to DeNisco, there is patient-on-patient violence, nurses are being injured and there is not appropriate coverage of public safety attendants to help de-escalate things.
ECMC released the following statement to 7 News:
DeNisco claimed some of the information ECMC provided in its statement was not accurate.
This is an issue we’ll continue to follow.