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  • More covid-19 patients are surviving ventilators in the ICU

    07/03/2020 1:59:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/03/2020 | Lenny Bernstein
    Early reports out of Wuhan, China, and Italy cemented the impression that the vast majority of patients who required the breathing devices ultimately succumbed to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. But as the pandemic has continued, U.S. hospitals are reporting much lower mortality rates, results on par with death rates for patients with similar severe lung problems caused by other diseases. In a May 26 study in the journal Critical Care Medicine, Martin and a group of colleagues found that 35.7 percent of covid-19 patients who required ventilators died — a significant percentage but much lower than early...
  • New York’s largest hospital system probing whether ventilators caused coronavirus deaths

    05/29/2020 11:21:58 AM PDT · by rxsid · 25 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 05.29.2020 | Carl Campanile
    Northwell Health probing whether ventilators caused coronavirus deaths New York’s largest hospital system is conducting a sweeping analysis of its use of ventilators while treating coronavirus patients during the peak of the pandemic — over concerns that an over-reliance on the machines may have cost lives. For so many sick COVID-19 patients, getting attached to a mechanical ventilator was a death sentence. More than two-thirds of the patients in Northwell Health facilities hooked to ventilators died in March and early April and the fatality rate was similar at other hospitals. At the beginning of the pandemic, health officials were worried...
  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany [Covid-19 response]

    05/12/2020 3:04:45 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 12 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | May 12, 2020 | White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany
      James S. Brady Press Briefing Room   2:17 P.M. EDT  MS. MCENANY:  Hello, everyone.  I want to highlight three critical aspects of President Trump’s response to the coronavirus that have exceeded the media’s expectations and should inspire confidence in every American across this country.  Rest assured the Trump administration is working tirelessly to defeat the invisible enemy.First, contrary to some media pronouncements, the United States did not need the 1 million ventilators thus far that the media said we were in dire need of.  In fact, it’s encouraging to be able to say that every single American who has...
  • Becoming ‘King of Ventilators’ may result in unexpected glut

    05/10/2020 7:52:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2020 | By MICHAEL BIESECKER and TOM KRISHER
    WASHINGTON - As requests for ventilators from the national stockpile reached a crescendo in late March, President Donald Trump made what seemed like a bold claim: His administration would have 100,000 within 100 days. At the time, the Department of Health and Human Services had not ordered any new ventilators since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in January. But records show that over the following three weeks, the agency scrambled to turn Trump’s pledge into a reality, spending nearly $3 billion to spur U.S. manufacturers to crank out the breathing machines at an unprecedented pace. An analysis of federal...
  • New York Placed An $86 Million Order For Ventilators With An Engineer With No History In Medical Procurement

    05/08/2020 12:17:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/08/2020 | John Sexton
    Back when Gov. Cuomo was expecting to need something like 30,000 ventilators, New York got a tip from FEMA about an Silicon Valley engineer who claimed he could procure thousands of ventilators from China. The person in question, Yaron Oren-Pines, had no history of procuring medical equipment from anywhere but the state was desperate so it agreed to this terms and signed an $86 million contract: Interested buyers had to sign a contract within four hours of receiving a quote and pay the entirety of the order upfront. “Nonnegotiable,” the catalog said. And the engineer, Yaron Oren-Pines, had no...
  • British Doctors Say Ventilators Purchased From China Could Kill Coronavirus Patients

    05/01/2020 10:20:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    newsweek ^ | 4/30/20 | Katherine Fung On
    The ventilators received from China, the Shangrila 510 model, were built by one of the country's major ventilator manufacturers, Beijing Aeonmed Co. Ltd. The manufacturer could not be reached for comment. The letter detailed serious concerns over the "basic" quality of the ventilators, calling the oxygen supply "variable and unreliable." The doctors said that the machines are also unfamiliar to British doctors and were built for ambulance use, rather than hospital use. Addressed directly to a senior NHS official, the letter stated: "We look forward to the withdrawal and replacement of these ventilators with devices better able to provide intensive...
  • Coronavirus: Amid New York’s unused hospital beds and ventilators, critics point to mass waste and mismanagement

    05/01/2020 2:27:56 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/1/20 | Hollie McKay | Fox News
    In addition to a bevy of state orders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made desperate overtures to the federal government to step in. In response, and in record time, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers scrambled to erect at least four field hospitals, and the Navy deployed its USNS Comfort hospital ship to Manhattan. However, those efforts – and the many millions of dollars spent on them – have largely been deemed a waste, even as New York has battled a soaring a death toll and is maintaining stay-at-home orders. So what happened? "[The models] have been extremely inaccurate," Dr. David Samadi,...
  • The Great Ventilator Fiasco of COVID-19

    04/30/2020 12:04:13 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 22 replies
    The Miami Times ^ | 04/30/20 | Robin Francis
    Science is not a set of facts. Science is a method by which we try to work out facts. But when science course-corrects in the public eye, instead of being lauded as improving our models, the public and media seize on it by saying, "Doctors don't know what they're doing. Doctors are killing people." COVID-19 is a new disease, one we've never seen before. When it first hit our shores, we thought it would behave in the same way that other pneumonias that cause an acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS, do. These patients have stiff lungs and require high...
  • British doctors warn some Chinese ventilators could kill if used in hospitals

    04/30/2020 4:41:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    NBC "News" / Comcast ^ | April 30, 2020 | By Alexander Smith
    LONDON - Senior British doctors have warned that 250 ventilators the United Kingdom bought from China risk causing "significant patient harm, including death," if they are used in hospitals, according to a letter seen by NBC News. The doctors said the machines had a problematic oxygen supply, could not be cleaned properly, had an unfamiliar design and a confusing instruction manual, and were built for use in ambulances, not hospitals. The British case is not an isolated one, and it comes as a stark example of a procurement problem that has plagued many countries as the coronavirus has spread throughout...
  • New York reportedly paid $69 million for ventilators to an engineer with no background in medical supplies at the recommendation of the White House coronavirus task force

    04/29/2020 9:11:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/29/2020 | Sonam Sheth
    The state of New York paid $69 million for ventilators to a man with no background in medical supplies after he tweeted at President Donald Trump and the White House coronavirus task force recommended him as a vendor, BuzzFeed News reported. The ventilators never arrived. On March 27, as the novel coronavirus was surging through the US, Trump urged Ford and General Motors on Twitter to "START MAKING VENTILATORS, NOW!" Yaron Oren-Pines, an electrical engineer in Silicon Valley, replied to the tweet, writing, "We can supply ICU Ventilators, invasive and noninvasive. Have someone call me URGENT." BuzzFeed reported that New...
  • New York paid $69 million for ventilators that never showed up

    04/29/2020 7:52:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 29, 2020 | Tamar Lapin\
    New York State paid a Silicon Valley electrical engineer more than $69 million for a ventilators that never arrived, according to a report on Wednesday. Yaron Oren-Pines on March 30 pocketed $69.1 million for 1,450 ventilators — a jaw-dropping $47,656 per ventilator — at least triple the standard retail price of high-end models, Buzzfeed News reported. The Empire State terminated the contract about a month later and is now trying to claw back the cash, the report said.
  • Open-source firmware turns CPAP machines into coronavirus ventilators

    04/22/2020 5:40:00 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 15 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 20 April 2020 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, we are woefully short of ventilators that can give the most gravely ill a chance for life. There are many efforts afoot to build more ventilators. Now, instead of building ventilators, a group of open-source developers has a new idea: Create a firmware update, Airbreak, which can transform common Constant Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines into non-invasive ventilators.  Their first effort -- a proof of concept -- converts the Airsense 10 CPAP machine, which is a common, inexpensive sleep apnea treatment device, into a ventilator. It does so by simply replacing its existing firmware with updated firmware. With this...
  • With Excess National Supply, Exchanges Will Allow U.S. Hospitals to Continue Meeting Ventilator Demand

    04/21/2020 11:26:55 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 8 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | April 21, 2020 | White House
    The new Dynamic Ventilator Reserve provides a promising model for delivering necessary healthcare supplies to areas in need. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government has worked tirelessly to “bend the curve” and prevent healthcare utilization from exceeding the healthcare system’s capacity. Given ventilators’ life-saving role, it is important that demand stay below supply so that no person who is in need of a ventilator is denied one.Federal policy has achieved this objective so far, and the Trump Administration recently announced the voluntary Dynamic Ventilator Reserve to ensure that patients everywhere can continue accessing ventilators. The Dynamic Ventilator Reserve will...
  • Never mind the media critics: Team Trump got it right on ventilators

    04/20/2020 11:34:21 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 20 2020 | Rich Lowry
    At a coronavirus-task-force briefing at the beginning of April, White House adviser Jared Kushner explained the approach that would — as events proved — get the country through its ventilator crisis. The media relentlessly pilloried and mocked him, distorting his words in the process. Kushner said at one point that states shouldn’t be drawing on the federal stockpile just to hold ventilators in their own reserves (the administration was worried about ventilators sent to New York state not making it to hard-pressed hospitals in the Big Apple).
  • Why Emptying Hospitals For COVID-19 Is Worth Delaying Surgeries

    04/20/2020 9:15:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 20, 2020 | Matthew Surburg
    It may seem odd that hospitals are empty as planned medical procedures are canceled, but to subject your body to the stress of surgery and recovery would put you in danger needlessly. The recent article “I Can’t Get My Hip Surgery Because Of Coronavirus Even Though Nobody Is In Our Hospital” highlighted the very real problems coronavirus has created in all our communities. It is true that necessary preparations have compounded challenges and left many suffering in ways that are not immediately obvious. As a physician dealing with COVID-19, I have a different perspective.My heart goes out to you, Anonymous....
  • Cuomo then: I need 30,000 ventilators... Cuomo now: anyone need ventilators?

    04/18/2020 6:56:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2020 | Ethel C. Fenig
    What a difference two weeks makes. Way back in in those bad old days two weeks ago when President Donald J. Trump (R) was the Prince of Evil because Wuhan, China Coronovirus-19 existed due to something he did or did not do, Democratic party presidential savior and female wet dream, New York State Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo demanded 40,000 ventilators, because scientists told him they were necessary to save lives. But evil Trump scoffed, declaring that many weren't necessary. Cuomo defended the state’s request for 30,000 more ventilators to save coronavirus patients, a day after President Trump downplayed the need....
  • WAIT! New York (New York!) is now trying to get rid of its ventilator stockpile

    04/16/2020 12:35:47 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 22 replies
    Twitter ^ | 4/15/29
    Ann Coulter Retweeted WAIT! New York (New York!) is now trying to get rid of its ventilator stockpile. Not that Michigan needs them either. Truckloads of them are going to travel the country like a night circus... https://t.co/8DNfH6C4vx— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) April 15, 2020 In our hour of need, other states stepped up to help us. We promised we would do the same. We will be sending 100 ventilators to Michigan and 50 ventilators to Maryland.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 15, 2020
  • Trump announces new initiative for hospitals to lend unused ventilators to areas of need

    04/14/2020 2:10:53 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04 15 2020 | Morgan Chalfant
    President Trump on Tuesday announced a new public-private partnership aimed at allowing hospitals to lend unused ventilators to areas that need them to treat patients who have contracted the novel coronavirus. Trump announced the new initiative, which he called the “Dynamic Ventilator Reserve,” during a meeting with healthcare executives at the White House Tuesday afternoon. He said there were 60,000 unused ventilators in hospitals across the country and that the new program would help get the critical devices to areas that need them. “Hospitals throughout the country currently have 60,000 unused ventilators,” Trump said at the start of the meeting....
  • Ventilators: Do they save or kill Covid patients?

    04/14/2020 6:43:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/14/2020 | Bill Choslovsky
    Doctors are now wondering if ventilators actually accelerate death or kill Covid patients.   And with death rates of 80% or more for those put on ventilators, they surely should wonder.  Anything that results in death 80% of the time should be questioned.  Remember, our harsh lockdown measures to “flatten the curve” are motivated in large part to help ensure there are sufficient ventilators for when people get sick.  Amazing if those ventilators now prove to be of little therapeutic value.    Covidien Puritan Bennett 840 Ventilator Likewise, except in a few hotspots, hospital beds and ventilators are not...
  • China Delays Mask and Ventilator Exports After Quality Complaints From Europe

    04/13/2020 5:18:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/13/2020 | Keith Bradsher
    BEIJING — Chinese officials have begun inspecting every shipment of N95 respirators, ventilators and other medical supplies for quality issues before export, a policy likely to delay the arrival of critical gear at hospitals around the world that are struggling to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. The policy, announced by the General Administration of Customs on Friday, produced immediate delays on Saturday as manufacturers, freight agents and traders tried to understand how to comply. Depending on the city, they said, the delays could range from a few hours to a few days or longer as government officials rush to comply....