Some hospitals are facing an oxygen shortage amid coronavirus crisis

April 1, 2020 / By John Santucci, Benjamin Siegel, Kaitlyn Folmer and Aaron Katersky

Hospitals across the U.S. battling the coronavirus have been consistently reporting shortages of personal protective gear, ventilators and drugs used to help patients with pain management. But medical professionals in the state that’s become the front line in America’s fight against COVID-19 say they’re concerned about the flow of oxygen itself to patients.

“The hospital was close to running out of oxygen,” said an emergency room doctor at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York, which has become known as the epicenter of the outbreak in the state. “With the number of patients we have, we are using up resources at an unusual rate.”

Across the city in Brooklyn, Dr. Dorian Alexander at Brookdale Hospital said, “We burn through oxygen everyday.”

“We’re consuming oxygen faster than we’ve ever consumed oxygen in hospitals before,” said Dr. Peter Papadakos, the director of critical care medicine and professor of anesthesiology, surgery and neurosurgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center.


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Mike Adams is a medical device sales leader with extensive clinical experience in spine and biologics and a nationwide distribution network built over the last 10+ years in the industry. He has held various leadership positions in healthcare and device including Distributor Partner, Hospital COO and Spine VP of Sales. He currently leads the commercialization strategy for OrthoSpine Partners and is a Distributor Principal at Novel Medical. Because of his unique career path, Mike has the ability to see the healthcare business from multiple perspectives making him passionate about building strategic partnerships that help reduce overall costs, drive innovation, and cultivate growth for new markets.

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