New York is going to have a problem finding skilled workers to run ventilators.
The rest of the health care industry better get its shit together quick on this.
Even if New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gets the 30,000 ventilators he has asked for, finding enough skilled workers to operate them all is the real challenge, medical experts say.
Coronavirus, which causes respiratory complications, has placed a colossal strain on New York hospitals with more than 59,000 cases, including 965 deaths, and increased demand for ventilators.
However, despite Cuomo saying that the machines are ‘what missiles were to WWII’ there are 7,713 respiratory specialists in his state licensed to operate ventilators.
Anthony Everidge, a member of the American Association of Respiratory Care, told the New York Post: ‘I read that Gov. Cuomo said that ventilators are to coronavirus what missiles were to WWII. While I am sure this is true, you would not have grabbed a front-line soldier off the battlefield, put him in the fighter cockpit and expect him to fly the plane, launch the missiles and defeat the enemy.