Global North America 

The Cold, Hard Work of Delivering Oxygen to Ventilators

Two hospitals in Queens, New York moved 10 Covid-19 patients to a Navy hospital ship docked offshore last week, after their ventilators couldn’t supply as much oxygen as the patients needed. The problem lay not with the hospitals’ total oxygen supply or with the ventilators themselves, but with coils of aluminum in which oxygen changes from a liquid into a gas. And the fix came from the hoses of the New York Fire Department. As the novel coronavirus attacks the lungs of infected patients, officials worry about the nation’s supply…

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Global North America 

Four out of five COVID-19 deaths have been linked to seniors homes.

What went wrong? What can Canada do to fix it before the next wave hits? This look at the tragedy in Canada’s long term care homes and the emergency measures to protect the most vulnerable is part of the Post’s ongoing Lessons from a Pandemic series. From the first COVID-19 outbreak in British Columbia to the devastation in Ontario and Quebec, seniors in long term care have been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. The causes for this are not only demographic and epidemiological. They also reveal the weak points…

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The Coronavirus Shows Why We Have to Tackle the Obesity Crisis

Every critical care specialist attending COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit where I have been filling in as an intensive care physician for the past two weeks makes the same observation: Our patients seem almost universally obese, while most ill but stable patients elsewhere in the hospital have lower body masses. Critical care doctors in other parts of the country, as well as my colleagues in Europe, report seeing the same thing. New research backs up the anecdotal observations. Data from my institution, NYU Langone, shows that body mass…

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Africa Global Healthcare 

Kenya Association of Health Administrators sue SRC over Covid-19 allowances

Kenya Association of Health Administrators has moved to court seeking orders to suspend the payment of the Covid-19 medical allowance and benefits to frontline health workers in the national and county government. The association accuses SRC of omitting them from the list of Covid-19 medical allowance without offering any explanation despite them being on duty in hospitals and being critical essential services providers and among the critical cadres in healthy care. “This court do issue conservatory orders temporarily restraining the Ministry of health from implementing Salaries and Remuneration Commission directive…

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Global 

A Vital Hack Could Turn Medical Devices Into Ventilators

As infections from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continue to climb, hospitals around the world are struggling with a potentially fatal shortage of ventilators, the bedside machines that help patients breathe when they’re unable to do so on their own. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of lower-grade breathing devices known as continuous positive airway pressure machines sit idle in closets or warehouses because their manufacturers say they can’t perform the same life-saving functions. ARS TECHNICA This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews,…

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