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ECMO life support is a last resort for COVID, and in short supply in South

Many more people could benefit from ECMO than are receiving it, which has made for a messy triaging of treatment that could escalate in the coming weeks as the Delta variant surges across the South and in rural communities with low vaccination rates.... Read more»

Trump is donating ventilators to countries that don’t need or can’t use them

Nearly 8,000 ventilators are destined for foreign countries as part of Trump’s plan to make the U.S. “king of ventilators.” But public health experts worry the machines are crowding out more urgently needed aid.... Read more»

Not so fast using CPAPs in place of ventilators: They could spread coronavirus

CPAP machines used to help people with sleep apnea may make for good complements to much-needed ventilators. Yet they might also spread the virus to others.... Read more»

Medical worker describes lung failure from COVID-19, even in young patients

An anonymous New Orleans hospital respiratory therapist describes the intensity of the virus and its symptoms, especially acute respiratory distress syndrome.... Read more»

Overwhelmed hospitals may put multiple patients per ventilator as CV-19 continues to spread

Facing a ventilator shortage, doctors are considering using one machine for multiple patients in respiratory failure. But it’s at best a stopgap and can injure the lungs.... Read more»