COVID Treatment Under Fire

COVID Treatment Under Fire

( – As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, doctors are noticing alarming problems. At the beginning of the outbreak, they assumed ventilators were the best course of action but that may not be true anymore. Additionally, a woman claiming to be a nurse in New York (NY) is making some shocking allegations.

Patient Deaths in NY

New York is getting hit hard by COVID-19. As of April 28, more than 300,000 people have tested positive for the virus in the state, and over 23,000 of them have died. Now apparently, a nurse who moved to NYC to help fight the disease is blaming ventilators for some of the deaths.

A woman named Sara, who claims to be a nurse practitioner herself, posted a video explaining what her friend has seen on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight.

Sara claims she’s her friend’s “voice” and she wants the world to know what’s happening in the city. She claims her friend said she’s never seen so much “neglect.” According to this apparent whistleblower, the doctors in the city are putting COVID-19 on ventilators and “they are killing them.”

Her account, while concerning, has not been verified as of this writing.

Treatment in Question

The alleged nurse’s statements aren’t the first time ventilators have been discussed. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association recently that claimed 88% of the patients on them died at NYC’s Northwell Health. However, a few days later, the figure was changed to 25%.

Norwell Health Senior Vice President of Research Karina Davidson told CNN the first percentage wasn’t accurate. She claims the numbers represented a small number of patients whereas the new numbers include all of the patients.

Whether those numbers are going to change again is anyone’s guess.

Hard Choices

Families and COVID-19 patients need to understand all of the risks involved before agreeing to a course of treatment. Scientific studies have proven that vents cause lung damage — there’s no doubt about that. Does that necessarily mean they’ll kill every person who goes on one? Of course not, but the risk is there.

The alleged whistleblowing nurse says some patients could use CPAP or BiPAP machines which are less invasive. Whether or not someone is a good candidate for those options is something that patients need to discuss with a doctor.

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