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Pirogovka did not agree with the opinion that mechanical ventilation is a "murder weapon"
According to the head of the resuscitation department of the NMHTs them. N. I. Pirogov Vitaly Gusarov, artificial lung ventilation allows you to save the most hopeless patients with COVID-19.
On his Facebook page, the doctor shared the results of the work of the intensive care unit for three weeks and focused on the statistics of patients who required mechanical ventilation. According to the doctor, to date, 6 patients have been discharged (18.2% of the total number of patients on mechanical ventilation), 8 (24.2%) have died. 4 people (12.1%) were transferred from the department of anesthesiology-resuscitation (OAR) and continue treatment in the hospital.
“We will not speculate about them, but two with a good prospect for the next discharge, we hope to discharge the other two a little later, while they need dialysis. 15 (45.5%) are continuing treatment in the OAR. The most difficult group, but there are patients with good prospects,”Gusarov writes.
The doctor also published a breakdown of the age of the discharged patients who were on the ventilator:
18-44 years old - 3 (50%);
45-60 years old - 2 (33.3%);
61-74 years old - 0;
75-90 years old - 1 (17.7%). Yes, 88 years old !;
over 90 years old - 0.
Gusarov noted that patients of different age groups are seriously ill, and mechanical ventilation is not a "murder weapon", as some doctors say, but another intensive care tool that allows you to save hopeless patients.
“You must understand that if we did not use this method, then there would be 33 deaths now! - writes Vitaly Gusarov and added that elderly patients also have chances of recovery.
Earlier, JAMA magazine updated its largest report to date, which showed that 25% of patients with COVID-19 who were on mechanical ventilation died in hospitals in New York's largest medical network. Prior to this, scientists reported the death of 88% of patients, but changed the results after receiving more data.