Not So Fast Using CPAPs In Place Of Ventilators. They Could Spread The Coronavirus.Kaiser Health News Mar 27, 2020
James Finigan, a pulmonology and critical care specialist at National Jewish Health in Denver [and assistant professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine]. “Theoretically, a CPAP might be enough to get them enough oxygen. But, again, doing it with a mask is more likely to generate an aerosol and create an infectious problem.”
Jeff Sippel, a critical care specialist at UCHealth [and associate professor of clinical practice of medicine at the CU School of Medicine], said BiPAPs could be used for COVID-19 in a closed system without a mask if patients are first fitted with a breathing tube. “The hardware actually fits,” he said.
In most parts of the U.S., the need for extra breathing devices in health care facilities is not yet critical. But hospitals are bracing for a surge in patients who will need respiratory support. “This is getting real now,” said Matthew Wynia, an internist and bioethicist who has been working on UCHealth’s COVID-19 plans. “We are about to be slammed.”Read more