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Media Panicked Over Chloroquine But New Data Suggests It's Ventilators That Are Killing People

• Chris Menahan

It turns out ventilators appear to be killing coronavirus patients en masse.

From AP, "Some doctors moving away from ventilators for virus patients":

NEW YORK (AP) — As health officials around the world push to get more ventilators to treat coronavirus patients, some doctors are moving away from using the breathing machines when they can.

The reason: Some hospitals have reported unusually high death rates for coronavirus patients on ventilators, and some doctors worry that the machines could be harming certain patients.

[...] Mechanical ventilators push oxygen into patients whose lungs are failing. Using the machines involves sedating a patient and sticking a tube into the throat. Deaths in such sick patients are common, no matter the reason they need the breathing help.


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