Patients Share Ventilators in New York Amid Coronavirus Crisis

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A hospital in New York began using a single ventilation machine to help two patients with COVID-19. The decision has sparked debate among doctors, with some saying it puts people at risk, while others believe it is necessary due to the national shortage of medical equipment. The new coronavirus has already killed more than 280 people in New York City. According to Dr. Craig Smith, the hospital's chief surgeon, two patients have been sharing a ventilator at the New York-Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan, the move comes after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA ) authorized the emergency. to hospitals Tuesday, allowing doctors to modify the ventilators using a divider tube for multiple patients with COVID-19. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the decision is a potential lifesaver as New York currently lacks thousands of fans amid the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reported on Friday. "It is not ideal … but we believe it is viable," he told reporters. Smith noted that the ventilator in Columbia is being shared only by patients with sufficiently similar respiratory needs. Doctors against split ventilation experiment
Despite the shortage of medical equipment for COVID-19 cases, some medical experts expressed concern over the use of a ventilation machine for multiple patients. They said the split ventilation experiment would worsen the conditions of infected people.
The approach "should not be attempted because it cannot be done safely with current equipment," according to a joint statement released Thursday by the Critical Care Medicine Society, the American Respiratory Care Association and four other groups of professionals. Organizations suggested that hospitals provide the ventilator to a patient most likely to survive the disease. But Columbia experts cited a 2006 study that showed that a single fan could help four adults in an emergency setting. However, one author of that study, Dr. Greg Neyman, cautioned that COVID-19 is a unique condition. He explained that the two patients with damaged lungs could cause imbalances in the closed system, with one person potentially hungry for oxygen and the other receiving more pressure. "Unless they are closely monitored, such a setup may end up doing more harm than good," Neyman told Reuters. A medical worker with protective equipment (C) cares for a patient on March 24, 2020 in the new COVID 3 level intensive care unit for cases of coronavirus COVID-19 at the Casal Palocco hospital near Rome, during the closure from the country intended to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic (new coronavirus). ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP via Getty Images. (TagsToTranslate) covid-19 (t) covid-19 pandemic (t) effects of covid-19 (t) new coronaviruses (t) symptoms of covid-19 (t) coronavirus (t) new york (t) andrew cuomo (t ) covid-19 (t) coronavirus outbreak uses (t) coronavirus update (t) coronavirus outbreak (t) outbreak

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