Respiratory disease has spread all over the world from China to the USA. While many mild cases can be overcome from one’s own home and comfort, other more severe cases require medical assistance and the use of artificial respirators. But are there enough ventilators for all of the patients?
According to LRT, “Tests were performed on a Medtronic Covidien PB980 ventilator with immense success.” However, the Lebanese Response Team posted a disclaimer stating that specific precautions need to be taken before use.
“This test has been done to prepare for crisis situations only,” they wrote, “It has been done with complete liability on the operator, Eng. Alaa Salam, without prior approval of [the] manufacturer, aka Medtronic Covidien, in the premises of Alaeddine Hospital (after they provided consent for it).”
“In normal circumstances, this setup would go against manufacturer recommendations and may even cause uncalled duress on [the] ventilator. Liability of use lies completely on anyone who uses it with patients as they knowingly are using the ventilator in such scenarios,” stressed the LRT.
According to the disclaimer, in order to share the ventilator, the patients’ lungs need to require the same setup; otherwise, it will cause adverse effects.
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