New York orders thousands of manually operated pump ventilators as coronavirus cases surge: ‘This is the alternative’
Gov. Andrew Cuomo demonstrates how a “bag valve mask” works at a press conference Saturday, March 28.
Governor’s office, press conference
Coronavirus patients in New York will have to resort to using bag valve masks if the Empire State doesn’t have enough ventilators, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference on Saturday.
The state anticipates it will need 140,000 hospital beds and 30,000 ventilators at its “highest point of need” – that is, when coronavirus infections are projected to hit their apex in 14 to 21 days, Cuomo said.
Failure to obtain these ventilators means that patients will need to have air pumped manually into their lungs with a bag valve mask, he said.
“It’s a manual ventilator and someone squeezes the bag continuously,” Cuomo said. “This looks easy, but if you do this for any length of time, you see how …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]