Yesterday President Donald Trump tweeted about Ford, General Motors, and Tesla ramping up production of ventilators. Now, if they would agree to do this it would take months to remodel automotive plants to make medical equipment. Not sure if they currently have the clean room capacity to even start with. But why is the president mucking with this idea?
Why isn’t he actually talking to the American manufacturers who are currently actually manufacturing ventilators? I think we should start there. You know, like GE Healthcare who is increasing their current plants output of…ventilators!
GE Healthcare said it has increased its manufacturing capacity of ventilators, which it makes in Madison, and other equipment in response to the coronavirus crisis.
A potential shortage of ventilators for patients with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, is one of the most serious vulnerabilities in the U.S. health care system.
An estimated 5% of COVID-19 patients become seriously ill and about half of them require ventilators.
“As the global pandemic evolves, there is unprecedented demand for medical equipment, including ventilators,” Kieran Murphy, president and CEO of GE Healthcare, said in a statement. “We continue to explore all options to support this increased need.”
Thank you GE!!
and let’s make sure that these stay on the country and the states can purchase them.