Puzzles to the strikingly high mortality rate for ventilator patients – American Doctors to think already

Various international studies, currently the Use of ventilators in the Corona-crisis in question. You complain that more of mechanically ventilated patients would die than survive. FOCUS Online explains what is behind the statement and what are the Alternatives of New York Doctors now.

Patients in whom Covid-19 takes a severe course, are often connected to ventilators. To be able to use as many of these patients, were increased in Germany, the existing beds with ventilators from the original 20,000 to now around 30,000. Are not busy you currently: 2083 people are treated in Germany, according to the Divi-the Central register at present due to the disease in intensive care units, 1552 of which are connected to ventilation equipment (booth 13. April).  

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USA, China, England: the majority of intubated patients die

Several studies from abroad can now, however, suspect that these same devices in the fight against Covid-19 are not as effective as hoped. According to a report from London documented that 1053-intubated patients only 355 live left the hospital (33.7 percent). A smaller study from the Chinese Corona-Hot-Spot of Wuhan draws an even bleaker picture: only three of the 22 intubated patients survived (13.6 percent). Add to this an observation from Seattle, who accompanied the 18 intubated patients. Of them, nine were still alive when the researchers finished their observation, however, three of them at the time could not still breathe independently.

This results in a far higher mortality rate than patients who are connected to other diseases on ventilation equipment. According to the news Agency “Associated Press” (AP) to die of the people, regardless of Covid-19-because of a serious respiratory distress on a ventilator is connected, about 40 to 50 per cent – it’s 50 to 60 percent survival.

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New York Doctors want to put on alternative treatment options

In New York Doctors observed that even up to 80 percent of the Covid-19-patients connected to a ventilator, died. Many doctors are now calling for alternative treatment options to try out. One of them is to test different storage forms. By the patient, for example, be placed on the abdomen, to different parts of the lung is better ventilated.

Also, the supply of oxygen by nasal tubing or the addition of nitric oxide are ways to ease the blood flow and bring oxygen to the least damaged Parts of the lungs: “If we make the condition of patients improved, without that we have to intubate, you have to recover a higher Chance to suggest we”, said about the New York emergency physicians Joseph Habboushe to “AP”.  

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Ventilators do not always pose risks – related-to-Covid-19-dead sufficiently explored

That Intubation with the risks associated, is no secret. Already during Insertion of the tube, injury to the lungs can occur, in addition to already existing damage. It is also known that through the hose in addition to germs in the body of the patient can reach and trigger inflammation. It’s called ventilator-associated pneumonia, a ventilator induced lung inflammation. FOCUS Online/Wochit survey shows: majority of Germans with a clear mind to verhängtem contact ban