Ventilators

Some hospitals still don’t have a state-mandated 90-day supply of protective equipment for frontline medical workers as mayor warns renewed restrictions on public life loom.
At the height of the pandemic, the city issued $1.4 billion in emergency, no-bid contracts for crucial medical equipment — and got the wrong masks and lost track of deliveries, records show. “Stop this s—t!” one bureaucrat cried during an online meeting.
Digital Gadgets still keeps millions in city coronavirus protective gear deals as owner Charlie Tebele joins mayor’s small business advisory panel.
The city’s purchasing agency has signed deals for up to 34 million masks — and has received just 637,760 so far, a review of contract records shows.
NYC to buy 2,000 ventilators and more equipment via Digital Gadgets, a New Jersey firm with a history of trading in QVC hoverboards and Apple laptops.
A 2006 pandemic plan warned the city could be short by up to 9,500 ventilators. But the few hundred acquired were scrapped over maintenance costs.
New York City is in a race against time to set up enough beds for the sickest coronavirus patients. As of Thursday, 307 ICU beds were available.
They’re scrambling to make do with shrinking resources as the patient apex nears. “I am most worried I will get sick and die,” one Bronx doctor said.
Medical staff see wave of people in 20s and 30s seriously afflicted by coronavirus. Meanwhile, most of the fatalities so far are over 65 and male.
Fewer breathing machine therapists and technicians in New York than all but one state in the U.S. as a share of population — “we just don’t have enough.”
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