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Fox News’s Martha MacCallum asks CMS Administrator 4 times in 3 minutes whether there is a shortage

Fox News’s Martha MacCallum asks CMS Administrator Seema Verma 4 times in 3 minutes whether there is a shortage of ventilators and intensive care units in the U.S.
Verma dodges 4 times.
MacCallum at the end: “OK, that’s not a direct answer to the question."

 

[CMS Administrator Seema Verma is a GOP Austerity Ghoul] 

 

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https://www.foxnews.com/media/martha-maccallum-seema-verma-coronavirus-hospital-preparedness 

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FORBES 03/14/2020 - Ventilator Maker: We Can Ramp Up Production Five-Fold 

 

The title of the article is somewhat promising but it really isn't - read the article.

 

Right NOW, there is a pretty good supply here - that is IF some of them can be dusted off and used and we don't have a lot of people on them now from other conditions.  But in the long run of this fight, Yes, there is a shortage of ventilators of the type that will be needed WORLDWIDE.

Here in the US, states can order them as well as the Feds.

However, there are already many orders to be filled.  But that 's not all -

Your concerns might need to be carried a step further -

 

There’s another element of treatment capacity, just as scary: staffing. A ventilator is not a plug and play machine. It needs to be meticulously calibrated to the patient, and if the calibration is not done right or is not updated, the patient is doomed. Pneumothorax, lung collapse, pneumonia from a hospital bug, oxygen toxicity and aspiration of vomit are among the complications. Will there be enough doctors and therapists?

 

In a crisis, the hospitals will have to get creative. Maybe they will relax some of their rules on credentials. A report yesterday by the critical-care society postulated an emergency staffing that has one ICU doctor overseeing 96 patients on ventilators. That doctor would command a staff of four non-ICU MDs brought in from other assignments, each of them looking after eight respiratory therapists, four ICU nurses and 12 non-ICU nurses (again, repurposed from other wards, like elective surgery). It would be a stretch.

 

. . . .Could there be a round of emergency training? That’s not easy. RT training is supposed to last four years. Perhaps fourth-year students could be drafted, Branson says. What about calling back retired doctors and nurses? Problematic. Those older workers, he notes, would be at high risk if infected.

 

But there would be a role for quick courses in how to set up a particular model of ventilator and help the MD get the desired output. In a test run of emergency preparedness several years ago, Branson says, instructions in machine operation were given to medically trained people who had never seen the machine before: nurses, physicians, physical therapists and veterinarians. After a two-day, 16-hour

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@GailL1 wrote

In a crisis, the hospitals will have to get creative.

Everywhere creativity is be being employed.

Maybe they will relax some of their rules on credentials.

No 'maybe', they are, all are 24/7 - getting creative.

 

Again today, my family.  Brother works out of Seattle as a Medical Delivery Specialist.  He traverses many Washington counties in a day.  Every medical facility he enters no longer has sanitizer or masks available.  Not one.  Screening is happening for persons entering, unless you don't qualify for entrance at all because you're over 60.

 

 Problematic. Those older workers, he notes, would be at high risk if infected.

I don't know if older medical personnel are not now allowed in facilities.

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Fox News’s Martha MacCallum asks CMS Administrator Seema Verma 4 times in 3 minutes whether there is a shortage of ventilators and intensive care units in the U.S.
Verma dodges 4 times.
MacCallum at the end: “OK, that’s not a direct answer to the question."

 

[CMS Administrator Seema Verma is a GOP Austerity Ghoul] 

 

NOTE: To the tRump cultists and/or Cynical Nihilists, here is the Valid link. =


https://www.foxnews.com/media/martha-maccallum-seema-verma-coronavirus-hospital-preparedness 

 

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@IrisP632884 wrote:

......is a shortage of ventilators and intensive care units in the U.S.
Verma dodges 4 times.
MacCallum at the end: “OK, that’s not a direct answer to the question."

 

NOTE: To the tRump cultists and/or Cynical Nihilists, here is the Valid link. =https://www.foxnews.com/media/martha-maccallum-seema-verma-coronavirus-hospital-preparedness 

 


Today my sister kept a medical appointment made one month ago.  The Dr. told her, "You're not supposed to be here".  -'dang that front desk'-  "They are not supposed to admit any persons over the age of 60 into this clinic".  She went home.  She's a caregiver for a 93 yr.old gentleman who has not been feeling well past few days.  No fever but sick stomach.  Normally she would take him to the hospital.  Too late for that now.  Who does or does not receive care is now a medically necessary decision.
Hotels are closing.  I wonder if there is a Fed.Help plan making them available for medical support.
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