In hospitals, ventilators are among the MVPs for patients in need of both acute and long-term care.
If flu outbreak worsens, hospitals may face tough choices on who to treat first.Ventilators keep people in comas alive, help those who cannot breathe get enough oxygen and those who have suffered heart attacks recuperate, and ease normal breathing in asthma patients, among a multitude of other uses.
But in a crisis, if H1N1 infections burgeons out of control, for example, the need for ventilators and other critical equipment might exceed the available resources, public health officials warn.
Adding fuel to these concerns is a report, published this morning in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showing that the pandemic virus has already strained intensive-care unit resources in other North American countries.
Asked by Anonymous at 3:06 AM on Oct. 14, 2009 in Health
Answer by rkoloms at 12:17 PM on Oct. 14, 2009