ONTARIO, Canada – A Canadian doctor has rigged up a ventilator with do-it-yourself mechanics to treat nine patients instead of one. Dr Alain Gauthier, an anesthetist at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital in Ontario, has a PhD in respiratory mechanics
According to CBC News, the physician got the idea after watching YouTube videos created by two Detroit doctors in 2006.
With health experts warning that several countries – including the US – do not have enough ventilators for a worst-case scenario, doctors have been trying to figure out how to make their medical equipment work for multiple patients.
Then, multiple hoses are attached to the one ventilator so it is running at several times its normal power.
Dr Gauthier said he worries that his hospital may not be able to provide the number of ventilator that the high-risk population need.
‘At one point we may not have other options,’ he told CBC News.
‘The option could be well, we let people die or we give that a chance.’
According to the Canadian Press, Dr Gauthier says the idea has tried once before, for victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017.
This story was published by Daily Mail in London.