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Here's the next big problem after New York gets ventilators

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Even if New York gets all the ventilators it needs to handle the growing coronavirus crisis, there’s still one major question — who will operate them, medical experts say.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said the state needs 30,000 ventilators if hospitals gets swamped with critically ill COVID-19 patients under the worst-case scenario.

Yet there are only a total of 7,713 respiratory specialists licensed to operate the breathing machines in New York, plus an unknown number of highly skilled nurses and doctors trained to use them.

“I read that Gov. Cuomo said that ventilators are to coronavirus what missiles were to WWII. While I am sure this is true, you would not have grabbed a front-line soldier off the battlefield, put him in the fighter cockpit and expect him to fly the plane, launch the missiles and defeat the enemy,’’ said Anthony Everidge, a 30-year veteran respiratory specialist who now works in Nevada but is still licensed to operate in New York.

“The outcome would be disastrous and would only compound the problem. The analogy applies to ventilators and the successful operation and management of the mechanical ventilator,” he said.

Everidge, a member of the American Association of Respiratory Care, said he worries there will “not be enough” skilled respiratory therapists, doctors and nurses with knowledge to operate the ventilators based on the current number of licensed operators.

Ventilators help gravely ill patients breathe by pumping air and oxygen into the lungs through a tube put in the nose or mouth to reach the windpipe. The machine delivers more oxygen into the patient than any other method and also supplies pressure to keep the lungs open.

Cuomo has discussed the need to stockpile 30,000 ventilators if a crush of COVID-19 patients hits the hospitals system in the next 14 to 21 days. But he has spoken less about staffing the ventilators.

The governor, during a press briefing Sunday, reported that 76,019 health care workers, including retirees, have agreed to volunteer to help New York’s strained medical facilities.
Here's the next big problem after New York gets ventilators

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Unfortunately you wont get the Dräger type shown on the pic. its an EVITA 800 top of the pops by Dräger Lübeck, Germany.
AND: operating these things is not witchcraft. In my civil service (military service substitute) i worked 2 months in a hospiatal of the red cross for education for later service. If a doctor sets the parameters, its only typing and controling. most nurses do it anyway.
more complex is intubation itself and setting tracheal catheters. but you do that only once.

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Sounds like a New York problem to me. If they can teach anyone coding, can't running a ventilator be even easier? Off/On....

Open borders and all kinds of man power!!!!

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Somehow not having enough qualified healthy people to operate the ventilators is going to be Trump's Fault

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