COVID - States Running Out of Oxygen; One Answer
Common Oxygen Extractors, Plus CPAP-Like Devices, Can Save Many Lives
Several hospitals in Florida, South Carolina, Texas, and Louisiana are struggling with a scarcity of hospital oxygen so severe that they may run out imminently, but there are many so-called "oxygen generators" (or "extractors")
Either by themselves, or especially when coupled with another common device called a CPAP, these oxygen extractors can help many COVID patients breathe and get enough oxygen to keep them alive, says Banzhaf, noting that other CPAP-like breathing-assist devices such as BiPAPs and APAPs can also be utilized.
Fortunately there is a way for Americans to help fight back and save lives by donating two different types of often-no-longer-
There are more than 8 million current American users of CPAP machines - and many more who use similar respiratory-
But as some of these patients die, or simply no longer need such breathing assistance (e.g., if loss of weight cures a sleeping problem), these precious potentially life-saving machines could be donated for use where they are most needed, and some COVID patients can stay alive and perhaps even recover with some respiratory assistance short of that provided by expensive hospital ventilators.
Similarly, millions of Americans use oxygen concentrators to extract oxygen from the air to provide it to people whose oxygen saturation levels are too low. As these patients eventually die, or for other reasons no longer need supplemental oxygen, these devices could likewise be donated to help keep oxygen-starved COVID-19 patients alive in the U.S. as well as in developing countries, argues Banzhaf.
While expensive hospital-style ventilators and medical-grade oxygen in cylinders is usually best, the lives of many COVID patients who experience breathing problems could be saved by using oxygen concentrators and/or CPAP-type devices, says Prof. Banzhaf