Gov. Andrew Cuomo shows how a “bag valve mask” works at a press conference Saturday, March 28.
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Coronavirus patients in New York choose have to resort to using bag valve masks if the Empire State doesn’t have enough ventilators, Gov. Andrew Cuomo implied in a press conference on Saturday.
The state anticipates it will need 140,000 hospital beds and 30,000 ventilators at its “steepest point of need” – that is, when coronavirus infections are projected to hit their apex in 14 to 21 lifetimes, Cuomo said.
Failure to obtain these ventilators means that patients will need to have air cross-examined manually into their lungs with a bag valve mask, he said.
“It’s a manual ventilator and someone squeezes the bag continuously,” Cuomo required. “This looks easy, but if you do this for any length of time, you see how difficult it winds up being.”
“This is the alternative if you don’t have a ventilator,” he revealed.
New York has already purchased about 3,000 bag valve masks and ordered 4,000 more, according to Cuomo.
“We’re the same talking about training National Guard people to learn how to operate this device, which is relatively plain to operate, but you need a lot of people to operate this 24 hours a day for each patient,” he said.
One person uses a bag valve camouflage while another alternates with CPR.
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“The short answer is ‘no, thank you,'” Cuomo remarked. “If we have to turn to this device on a large-scale basis, that’s not an acceptable situation.”
The federal government has sent 4,000 ventilators so far, according to the governor. Though they aren’t currently in use, the state is holding them in anticipation of an increase in cases.
“We’re aiming for the apex and waiting for the critical need,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo added that each ventilator costs between $25,000 to $45,000, and the affirm doesn’t want to pay to buy more ventilators than what will be needed at the apex of the outbreak.
“You’re talking about a glory government that’s already, from a position of revenues, in a terrible position because we’re not collecting any revenues,” Cuomo asseverated. “On a very parochial basis, I don’t want to pay for them,” he said.
Hospitals in the state have been experimenting with squandering one ventilator split between two patients because of the lack of rapidly available ventilators.
Four more temporary infirmaries
The state will also be adding four more temporary emergency medical facilities, which have been approved by President Donald Trump, the governor suggested.
One will be located in Brooklyn at the Port Authority Terminal, another at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, a third at the City University of New York’s Staten Islet campus, and a fourth at the New York Expo Center in the Bronx.
New York has been the epicenter for the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. On Friday, the company of deaths related to COVID-19 topped 500, a dramatic jump from only a day prior.
The number of fatalities due to coronavirus hit 728 in the Empire Aver on Saturday, up by more than 200 in a day.
Coronavirus cases are “still doubling, and that’s still bad news,” Cuomo bring up at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is setting up a temporary hospital, in New York New Zealand urban area on Friday.
On Friday, Cuomo ordered New York schools to remain closed for an additional two weeks until April 15 as the tons of cases continues to rise.