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Northwell Health probing whether ventilators caused coronavirus deaths

Northwell Health probing whether ventilators caused coronavirus deaths --More than two-thirds of the patients in Northwell Health facilities hooked to ventilators died in March and early April | 29 May 2020 | New York’s largest hospital system is conducting a sweeping analysis of its use of ventilators while treating coronavirus patients during the peak of the pandemic. The study comes as experts have raised concerns that an over-reliance on the machines may have actually cost lives. For so many sick COVID-19 patients, getting attached to a mechanical ventilator was a death sentence. More than two-thirds of the patients in Northwell Health facilities hooked to ventilators died in March and early April and the fatality rate was similar at other hospitals... Discussion in the medical community turned to whether the machines were being overused and possibly contributing to a higher death rate. [Right, but hospitals get $39K for every COVID-19 pneumonia patient hooked to a ventilator, so that could explain a lot.]