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Ventilators explained: Key device in fight against coronavirus

Ventilators explained: Key device in fight against coronavirus

Written by David

March 29, 2020


One of the biggest challenges faced by health workers around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic is trying to save lives when the number of patients needing critical care overtakes the available medical infrastructure.


Countries with a large number of cases are struggling to meet the demand for supplies and equipment needed to arm those on the front lines against COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the virus.


Ventilators – mechanical breathing devices – are crucial in the fight to save patients whose lungs are assailed by the virus. According to the World Health Organization, one in six COVID-19 patients becomes seriously ill and can develop breathing difficulties. In the United States, which has more confirmed cases than any other country in the world, the Society of Critical Care Medicine has projected that 960,000 coronavirus patients […]

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