GOP firebrand Herman Cain died on Thursday, with his death attributed to ‘Covid-19,’ but the news prompted some to question if a ventilator – or simply too much oxygen – played a role in his death.
The use of ventilators for treating Covid-19 became controversial after a study revealed that nearly 90% of patients placed on ventilators in New York had died.
A ventilator is a bedside machine that mechanically pumps oxygen into a patient’s body.
Interestingly, on Monday, Cain’s staff stopped short of saying he was on a ventilator, but they did say he was “still in the hospital being treated with oxygen for his lungs.”
Doctors in the UK have sounded the alarm after 250 ventilators from China appeared to be defective, and could potentially harm–and even kill–patients suffering from the deadly coronavirus.
The Shangrila 510 model ventilators, made by Chinese firm Beijing Aeonmed Co. Ltd., were revealed to have been designed for ambulances rather than hospitals.
As a result, the oxygen supply delivered to patients proved to be inadequate and the devices were difficult to clean properly.
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The failure of Great Britain to join a European Union procurement program for ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients was caused by a communications issue, UK’s Business Secretary Alok Sharma said in an interview with the BBC.
“There was an issue in terms of communications so the tendering process on those schemes had already started. If there are future schemes we will absolutely look to see whether we should be joining them,” Sharma said, as quoted by the broadcaster.
According to a British government spokesman, due to the email mix up the country did not receive a letter that invited the UK to join the EU procurement process.