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Answering the Call - May 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 0 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 2 0 I 've been working near the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City, intubating patients on a special team formulated specifically to manage the airways of COVID- 19-infected patients. I know all too well the urgent need for venti- lators and have heard of hospitals hooking up six patients to a single ventilator. With the COVID-19 pandem- ic essentially bringing elective surgeries to a temporary halt, thou- sands of operating rooms across the US are vacant. The anesthesia machines housed inside these operating rooms can quickly be converted into ventilators, offering lifesaving support as the virus peaks across the country. The situation here in the tri-state area is grave enough that many hos- pitals have already performed these conversions in their dormant ORs. Anesthesia Machines Provide Life-Saving Support Providers are converting the units to ventilators for COVID-19 patients. Anesthesia Alert Michael McLaughlin, DNP, CRNA/APN • DESPERATE MEASURE Michael McLaughlin, DNP, CRNA/APN, removes a vaporiz- er from an anesthesia machine that will be used to ventilate patients with the coro- navirus. Michael McLaughlin, DNP, CRNA/APN

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