Tag: Ventilators (Medical)

Hospitals Move Into Next Phase as New York Passes Viral Peak

Across New York City, hospitals have moved into a new phase in their battle against the coronavirus. In the city that was hit hardest by the pandemic in the United States, the number of new patients and the daily death toll have dropped sharply. Many of the refrigerated trucks filled with bodies are gone. Doctors […]

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How France Lost the Weapons to Fight a Pandemic

PARIS — When President Emmanuel Macron repeatedly declared “war” on the coronavirus in March, he solemnly promised that France would support “front-line” health workers with “the means, the protection.” The reality was that France was nearly defenseless. The government’s flip-flopping policies on past pandemics had left a once formidable national stockpile of face masks nearly […]

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Coronavirus May Pose a New Risk to Younger Patients: Strokes

Ravi Sharma was doubled over on his bed when his father found him. He’d had a bad cough for a week and had self-quarantined in his bedroom. As an emergency medical technician, he knew he was probably infected with the coronavirus. Now, Mr. Sharma, 27, could not move the right side of his body, and […]

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Low-Tech Way to Help Some Covid Patients: Flip Them Over

Hospitals across the country are filled with a curious sight these days: patients lying on their bellies. Patients almost always lie on their backs, a position that helps nurses tend to them and allows them to look around if they’re awake. But for many patients, the coronavirus crisis is literally flipping the script. The surprisingly […]

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Children Gravely Ill With Covid-19 Often Had Other Medical Conditions

As concern grows over the potential for children to become seriously ill from the coronavirus, a new study paints the most detailed picture yet of American children who were treated in intensive care units throughout the United States as the pandemic was taking hold in the country. None of the children in the study, published […]

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Children Gravely Ill With Covid-19 Often Had Other Medical Conditions

As concern grows over the potential for children to become seriously ill from the coronavirus, a new study paints the most detailed picture yet of American children who were treated in intensive care units throughout the United States as the pandemic was taking hold in the country. None of the children in the study, published […]

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State and Federal Agencies Use Pandemic to Stifle Oversight

In the more than half-century since President Lyndon Johnson signed the nation’s first Freedom of Information Act into law, the measure has proved to be a valuable tool for taxpayers and the press to keep a check on dealings by public officials that would otherwise be shrouded in secrecy. Freedom of information laws vary at […]

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We Treated Older Coronavirus Patients. Here’s How to Save More of Them.

We are emergency and I.C.U. doctors who have worked in three hothouses of the Covid-19 pandemic: Northern Italy, New York City and Miami. Treating scores of critically ill patients, we all observed similar patterns: Many of the patients we saw in our emergency rooms had advanced cases of Covid-19 pneumonia when they arrived — and […]

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Mysterious Coronavirus Illness Claims 3 Children in New York

A mysterious syndrome has killed three young children in New York and sickened 73 others, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Saturday, an alarming rise in a phenomenon that was first publicly identified earlier this week. The syndrome, a toxic-shock inflammation that affects the skin, the eyes, blood vessels and the heart, can leave children […]

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Hidden Toll: Mexico Ignores Wave of Coronavirus Deaths in Capital

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government is not reporting hundreds, possibly thousands, of deaths from the coronavirus in Mexico City, dismissing anxious officials who have tallied more than three times as many fatalities in the capital than the government publicly acknowledges, according to officials and confidential data reviewed by The New York Times. The tensions […]

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He Had Never Sold a Ventilator. N.Y. Gave Him an $86 Million Deal.

The offer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency sounded promising: A Silicon Valley engineer said that he could deliver thousands of ventilators from manufacturers across China to help hospitals treat coronavirus patients. The engineer was asked for more details. Within 12 hours, he responded with a 28-page digital catalog of medical supplies at his disposal, […]

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Fact Checking President Trump on Coronavirus Pandemic

Faced with intense criticism of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, stubbornly high rates of new infections across much of the country and questions about whether he is pushing too soon to get the economy going again, President Trump has settled into a messaging routine: deflect, reject and minimize. Confronted with projections showing that the […]

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Hospitals Are Having to Ration Essential Care. Can They Do It Fairly?

Recent reports make clear that American hospitals have already had to ration lifesaving treatment for Covid-19 patients. Initially, the fear was that ventilators would be in short supply. For now, there seems to be enough. But some hospitals are short on dialysis machines as well as the staff members and supplies to run them. It’s […]

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Israeli Army’s Idea Lab Aims at a New Target: Saving Lives

JERUSALEM — The Israeli Defense Ministry’s research-and-development arm is best known for pioneering cutting-edge ways to kill people and blow things up, with stealth tanks and sniper drones among its more lethal recent projects. But its latest mission is lifesaving. Since March, it has been spearheading a sprawling, high-speed effort to unleash some of the […]

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For-Profit Healthcare Doomed Our Coronavirus Response

The arrival of Covid-19 has provided a nuclear-level stress test to the American health care system and our grade isn’t pretty: At least 71,100 dead, 1.2 million infected and 30 million unemployed; nursing homes, prisons and meat packing plants that have become hotbeds of infection. The actual numbers are certainly far higher, since there still […]

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Coronavirus Doctors Can’t Save Everyone

“We are in middle of a pandemic. The decision you make is not just about your family member,” I yelled into the phone. It was the only way I could be heard through my respirator helmet. The patient in question was in his 90s with progressive dementia and multiple chronic conditions. Since December, he hadn’t […]

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Grandma Rocket, the Virus and a Family Whose Love Bridged 2,500 Miles

When Eliana Marcela Rendón was finally able to visit her grandmother, who had spent four weeks at a Long Island hospital, a staff member met her in the lobby to ask if the 74-year-old patient had a favorite song. Ms. Rendón, after calling family members, requested several religious selections in Spanish: “Sumérgeme,” or “Immerse Me”; […]

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Pence Visits Ventilator Plant in Indiana, This Time Wearing a Mask

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence was photographed on Thursday wearing a mask while visiting a General Motors plant in Indiana in what appeared to be a tacit acknowledgment of the criticism he has received for traveling the country without one. Mr. Pence drew intense criticism for flouting the guidelines of the Mayo Clinic, which […]

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Why Politicians Aren’t Ready for Disasters Like the Coronavirus

It is clear that our government has failed to fight Covid-19 effectively. As one health expert said when asked what went wrong, “What went right?” Now President Trump is trying to redeem himself with personal stimulus checks to Americans. Will it work? The litany of administration failures is well known. The Centers for Disease Control […]

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32 Days on a Ventilator: One Covid Patient’s Fight to Breathe Again

HINGHAM, Mass. — “Is he going to make it?” Kim Bello asked, clutching her phone, alone in her yard. She had slipped outside so her three children, playing games in the living room, could be shielded from a wrenching conversation with a doctor treating her husband, Jim. For two weeks, he had been battling the […]

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One Rich N.Y. Hospital Got Warren Buffett’s Help. This One Got Duct Tape.

It has been hours since the 71-year-old man in Room 3 of the intensive care unit succumbed to Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. His body has been cleaned, packed in an orange bag and covered in a white sheet, but the overextended transport team from the morgue has yet to arrive. The nurses […]

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