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1/ "There are at most 200K ventilators in the US. One million are expected to be needed." This horrifying news comes from my old employer @nytimes; it's sourced to the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Only the SCCM didn't say that. At all. Let's see what it did say...
2/ The number comes from a March 19 SCCM paper:

"[One estimate is that 1/2 of] ICU admissions (960,000) would require ventilatory support. Such projections are gross estimates."

More importantly: this is everyone who may need ventilation OVER THE COURSE OF THE EPIDEMIC...
3/ In fact, the paper states explicitly "that U.S. hospitals could absorb a maximum of 26,000 to 56,000 additional ventilators at the peak of a national pandemic, as safe use of ventilators requires trained personnel."
4/ In other words, whatever happens with COVID, if we built a million new ventilators, 950,000 would be furniture.

Added bonus: the paper reports the US already has far more critical care beds per-capita than other nations: 35 per 100,000, compared to 12 in Italy, 7 in the UK...
5/ Here's a link to the paper (thoughtfully provided by the Times) so you can read and judge it for yourself.

sccm.org/Blog/March-202…

I don't understand the point of trying to drive panic with stories that are so misleading - and, frankly, so easily checked.
6/ Final point: the paper concludes the real bottleneck is in trained staff and "priority should focus not only on increasing [ventilators]... but on growing the number of trained professionals."

But I guess bashing the WH for not nationalizing ventilator production is more fun.
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