Shortages are dogging the fight against the coronavirus. At Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) it’s still only possible to test six staff for the virus per day, consultants have been making their own personal protective equipment, and – as BRI’s Dr John Wright reports – they’re looking for ways to save oxygen.
6 April 2020
We are about a week away from the estimated peak of the epidemic. Our mainstay of treatment is to simply keep patients breathing, and two issues are preoccupying us – ventilators and oxygen.
It’s become clear that the UK is pretty low down the international ventilator league table. Although we put in hasty orders for more, there appears to be a bit of a run on them, and we’re worried that our order