Now the U.S. Has Lots of Ventilators — but Too Few Specialists to Operate Them | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Now the U.S. Has Lots of Ventilators — but Too Few Specialists to Operate Them

Projecting how many people will end up requiring mechanical breathing assistance is an inexact science, and many early assumptions about how Covid affects respiratory function have evolved.

During the chaotic days of March and April, emergency room doctors were quick to intubate those with dangerously low oxygen levels. They subsequently discovered other ways to improve outcomes, including placing patients on their stomachs, a protocol known as proning that helps improve lung function. The doctors also learned to embrace the use of pressurized oxygen delivered through the nose, or BiPAP and CPAP machines, portable devices that force oxygen into a patient’s airways.

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