Pentagon Modifies Contracts to Deliver 8,000 Ventilators in COVID 19 Fight
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Kris Osborn - Warrior Maven
(Washington D.C.) The Pentagon has modified four existing contracts with defense industry partners to acquire and deliver 8,000 ventilators to various hard-hit locations around the country struggling to treat COVID-19 patients. Approximately 1,400 of the ventilators are expected to arrive by early May, with the first group slated to arrive within the next several days, according to a Pentagon report.
Numerous locations currently struggling to treat COVID-19 patients have been expressing concern that the need for ventilators is exceeding the current supply -- given the fast-growing number of COVID 19 patients experiencing respiratory distress.
The Defense Logistics Agency, with the support of Pentagon Acquisition Chief Under Secretary of Defense Ellen Lord, has adjusted an existing deal with four industry partners for approximately $84 million. Pentagon planners describe this as a “time-phased” delivery, with the precise locations for delivery to be determined by FEMA.
The Pentagon is clearly acting quickly in response to the severity of the crisis.
A March 23 Essay in “The New England Journal of Medicine,” addressing the need for ventilators to treat COVID 19 patients, explains the challenges associated with keeping patients with breathing distress… alive. Without ventilation, patients can die in minutes.
“When patients’ breathing deteriorates to the point that they need a ventilator, there is typically only a limited window during which they can be saved. And when the machine is withdrawn from patients who are fully ventilator-dependent, they will usually die within minutes,” the essay states. Essay HERE
Citing recently compiled estimations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the essay states that Americans requiring hospitalization for COVID 19 treatment during the pandemic may reach into the millions.
“Acute care hospitals in the United States currently have about 62,000 full-function ventilators and about 98,000 basic ventilators, with an additional 8900 in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Strategic National Stockpile…” the essay states.
As the ventilators arrive, it may be possible for doctors and medical technicians to modify existing ventilators to support up to four people at one time, according to a 2006 essay written by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. The essay, cited in a write up from “Live Science,” states that lung simulators and plastic tubing can be added to support “four adults.” [Live Science](https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/land/pentagon-modifies-contracts-to-deliver-8-000-ventilators-in-covid-19-fight-Rj3xW4Tj5UeeDp-Beu-J-A/(https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-emergency-ventillator-capacity-increase.html%29)
“Data collected included peak pressure, positive end-expiratory pressure, total tidal volume, and total minute ventilation…..The volumes delivered in this simulation should be able to sustain four 70-kg individuals,” the essay, titled “A Single Ventilator for Multiple Simulated Patients to Meet Disaster,” CLICK HERE states. (Surge Greg Neyman, MD, Charlene Babcock Irvin, MD)
Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army - Acquisition, Logistics& Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel and The History Channel. He also has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.