Doctors trial 'risky' protocol of sharing ventilators

US hospital puts two patients on one machine but medical groups say it shouldn't be attempted 

At least one New York hospital has begun putting two patients on a single ventilator machine, an experimental crisis-mode protocol some doctors worry is too risky but others deem necessary, as the coronavirus outbreak strains medical resources.


COVID-19 killed at least 281 people over a few weeks in New York City, in the US, which is struggling with one of the largest case loads in the world, at nearly 22,000 confirmed cases.

Dr Craig Smith, surgeon-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University