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Coronavirus patient dies after ventilator set too high

Residency Program Insider, May 6, 2020

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A coronavirus patient under the care of medical residents at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City died after her ventilator was set too high, according to The Wall Street Journal. It is unclear who set up the patient’s ventilator, but the residents reportedly did not know how to work its settings.

In March, Physicians reported to the room of a woman in her 60s when her heart stopped. She was in the care of an overnight shift of family medicine residents, who are not usually required to do a rotation in critical care. However, during times of crisis like the coronavirus pandemic, residents have been called upon to work in units that may not apply for their specialty areas. According to The Journal, family medicine residents at Montefiore Medical Center were often responsible for caring for patients who were 65 or older.

The ACGME has issued guidance during the pandemic that it is expected that any resident or fellow providing care to coronavirus patients have an appropriate level of supervision based on the clinical circumstance and their level of training.

Source: Business Insider



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