Inside an ER during the coronavirus outbreak

April 6, 2020 / EXCLUSIVE By Lauren del Valle and Miguel Marquez, CNN

Brooklyn, New York (CNN) – One emergency room. Forty minutes. Six patients go into cardiac arrest. Four die before they make it out of the ER.

The blare of the critical “CODE 99” from the hospital alert system rings out five other times in less than an hour, calling medics to scramble to a patient needing resuscitation.

It’s not chaos to them, but to an onlooker, it seems like hell.

“They’re so sick you lose them in a heartbeat, they’re that sick,” respiratory therapist Julie Eason told CNN. “They’re talking to you and then a few minutes later you’re putting a tube down their throat and you’re hoping that you can set the ventilator in such a way that it actually helps them.”

This is the truth of what coronavirus is doing to thousands of Americans, and likely will to many thousand more. It has been largely unseen because visitors are not allowed to be in hospitals, and everyone else is staying home.


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Mike Adams

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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