Editor's note: It's likely because the ventilators are killing the patients. They're damaging the patients' lungs with forced respiration while ignoring the real issue of oxygen deprivation due to impaired hemoglobin function.
A paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals that while 20 percent of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) patients die overall, a substantially higher number – nearly all, to be clear – who are put on respirators end up not surviving. This suggests that perhaps ventilators are causing death rather than preventing it.
While it certainly could be the case that the types of patients being put on ventilators are already high-risk individuals who would have died regardless, there is a growing suspicion among some that ventilators simply are not the right choice when it comes to treating severe cases of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).
Prior to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the death rate among those put on ventilators was around 80 percent. But that figure jumped another eight percent once the pandemic kicked into full swing, which is concerning considering that many critical care doctors had more optimistically hoped for about a 50 percent death rate.
"For those who have a severe enough course to require hospitalization through the emergency department it is a sad number," says Karina W. Davidson, lead author of the new study and a professor at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research at Northwell.
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For their research, Davidson and her colleagues looked at the electronic medical records of 5,700 patients who were infected with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) between Mar. 1 and Apr. 4, and treated at one of Northwell Health's 12 New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County hospitals, all of which are located in the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.
Sixty percent of the patients were male while 40 percent were female, and the average age was 63, indicating that most were on the older end of the spectrum. Based on this analysis the team determined that, at best, ventilators did not exactly help these folks recover.
This is the largest and most comprehensive investigation so far into the effectiveness of ventilators. It also represents an important metric in evaluating the effectiveness of America's approach to addressing the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, specifically in the American context.
"It's important to look to American data as we have different resources in our health care system and different demographics in our population," Davidson contends.
The paper also found that an astounding 70 percent of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) patients sick enough to be admitted to the hospital did not even have a fever. This makes fever checks certifiably pointless as they clearly are not a valid or reliable indicator of whether or not a person might have the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).
Davidson and her colleagues are now recommending that people with underlying health conditions who believe they may have been exposed to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) contact a doctor sooner rather than later to be evaluated.
Another thing worth pointing out is that many Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) patients who are supposedly dying from pneumonia are actually dying from oxygen deprivation, which is a direct consequence of the damage caused by improper ventilator use.
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