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As New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces an expansion of healthcare services to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, the American Society of Anesthesiologists and other organizations issued a joint statement against placing more than one patient on a single mechanical ventilator, which is something Governor Cuomo mentioned in his daily press conference today.

He said they've approved the technology that allows one ventilator to serve two patients — a process called splitting.

"It's not ideal, but we believe it's workable," Cuomo said.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists and other organizations quickly released a joint statement in response. They noted that "sharing mechanical ventilators should not be attempted because it cannot be done safely with current equipment."

For more on the topic, see the press conference and read the statement from the American Society of Anesthesiologists and other organizations below.

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces State is Scouting New Sites for Temporary Hospitals Downstate 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the state is scouting additional new sites for temporary hospitals, with a goal of having a 1,000-plus patient overflow facility in each New York City borough


https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-announces-state-scouting-new-sites-temporary

Joint Statement on Multiple Patients Per Ventilator 

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), Anesthesia Patient Patient Safety Association (ASPF), American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) issue this consensus statement on the concept of placing multiple patients on a single mechanical ventilator.


https://www.asahq.org/about-asa/newsroom/news-releases/2020/03/joint-statement-on-multiple-patients-per-ventilator

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Watch our latest HD Live! as we take a look at Philly Fighting Covid, a nonprofit organization run by graduate students from Drexel University that aims to help with mass COVID-19 vaccination in Philadelphia.

Mabel Jong from our liveblog team speaks with Andrei Doroshin, founder of Philly Fighting Covid.

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Mabel Jong from our liveblog team speaks with Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and a member of the Biden COVID-19 Advisory Board.

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Watch our latest HD Live! as we take a deep dive into the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccines, including the rollout process, potential side effects, supply and distribution.

Mabel Jong from our liveblog team speaks with Dr. Paul Offit, Director of the Vaccine Education Center and an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and one of the physicians on the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.

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Watch our latest HD Live! with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Mabel Jong from our liveblog team speaks with Dr. Anthony Fauci about the latest on COVID-19, including the vaccines, the infection rates and the future.

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Our latest HD Live! is a conference wrap-up of the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2020.

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Mabel Jong from our liveblog team speaks with Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the Center for Health and Research Transformation at the University of Michigan, and Brian Blase, who served as a healthcare adviser to President Trump from 2017-2019 and is now president and CEO of Blase Policy Strategies.

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