Study suggests short term ventilator sharing could be safe for patients

Amid the peak of the Coronavirus outbreak, the healthcare workers validated the experimental method, which is followed by hospitals struggling to handle the onslaught of lung failure cases with limited equipment availability


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Study suggests short term ventilator sharing could be safe for patients

A recent study conducted by Columbia University of Medical centre in United States, reportedly found that ventilators could be safely shared by two Coronavirus positive patients for upto two days.

Amid the peak of the Coronavirus outbreak, the healthcare workers validated the experimental method, which is followed by hospitals struggling to handle the onslaught of lung failure cases with limited equipment availability.

While some health officials criticised the method, reserarchers at medical centre began having selected surgery patients with healthy lungs share a ventilator. The experimental method helped hospitals free up as many machines ss possible for Coronavirus positive patients. Meanwhile, other medical experts said that sharing of equipment could worsen outcomes.

According to report, several existing studies of ventilator - splitting suggest against it as it did not test in patients with the type of lung injuries seen with the Coronavirus infected patient.

However, as per the new research involving six critically infected COVID-19 patient at the Manhattan hospital found that ventilator sharing was a viable option for patient two days. The researchers deliberately paired up patients based on similarities in breathing needs and said that the ventilator - splitting is reasonable stopgap to support patients for short periods in centres with appropriate expertise.

Dr Jeremy Beitler of the hospital wrote in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine that the ventilators sharing between the patients does not obviate the need for more ventilators. He also said the method could but sometimes while relocating ventilator to medicals or transferring the critically infected patients to the hospital with the life saving machines.

Furthermore, the health care workers said the utility and safety of prolonged ventilator sharing, when patients or ventilators can not be relocated, is still unknown.

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They also recommend that this new method, for now, should only be restricted to expert medical centres that could properly identify suitable patients and provide the care.

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