‘Evil genius’ doc rigs up ventilator to treat nine coronavirus patients at once
An "evil genius" doctor has tinkered with a ventilator so that it can treat nine patients instead of one.
Canadian Dr Alain Gauthier, who has a PhD in respiratory mechanics, is an anaesthetist at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital in Ontario.
He got the idea after watching YouTube videos created by two Detroit doctors in 2006, reports CBC News.
Multiple hoses are attached to the one ventilator so it is running at several times its normal power.
Dr Gauthier said he was worried that the hospital he works at might not have enough ventilators.
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He told CBC News: "At one point we may not have other options.
"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.
Dr Gauthier's colleague Alan Drummond showed off his work on Twitter calling him 'an evil genius.'
The tweet has been liked 70,000 times and has been retweeted more than 15,000 times.
It even caught the eye of Elon Musk, billionaire and founder of Tesla and SpaceX, who wrote: "Interesting thread."
In the US, ventilator production is being sped up as numbers of coronavirus continue to rise.
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Currently, American hospitals have about 170,000 ventilators that could be put into service.
But the country may actually need close to 742,000 for a severe pandemic scenario, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services a 2005 pandemic plan.
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