An alarming report from the Jerusalem Post describes how doctors in Corona-torn Italy have been instructed not to offer access to ventilators to patients over 60 as these machines are in short supply.
Israeli doctor Gai Peleg, working in Parma, Italy, said that things “are only getting worse as the number of patients keeps growing.”
Dr. Peleg says from what he sees and hears in the hospital, the instructions are “not to offer access to artificial respiratory machines to patients over 60 as such machines are limited in number.”
President Trump acknowledged the possibility of a ventilator shortage during a press conference in the Rose Garden on Friday and said his advisers have are attempting to address it.
“We’re in the process, and in some cases have already done it, ordered a large number of respirators just in case,” Trump said. “We hope we don’t need them but we’ve ordered a large number.”
In New York, the current epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States, Gov. Cuomo has ordered every local health department across the state to contribute unused respirators as the Empire State desperately tries to prepare for a wave of critically ill coronavirus patients.
“It’s ventilators, ventilators, ventilators. That is the greatest need,” Cuomo told reporters at the state Capitol.
“We’re notifying any health department in the state: if you have a ventilator and you are not using it at this time or it is non-essential to your use, we want it. If you are a regulated health facility, we are asking you by order of the department of health to make that ventilator available,” he said.