Cincinnati Enquirer: Behind the ventilator, specialists provide breaths for COVID-19 patients

UC anesthesiologist says respiratory therapists on front line during pandemic

Suzanne Bennett, MD, associate professor in the UC College of Medicine and UC Health anesthesiologist and critical care physician, spoke to the Cincinnati Enquirer for a story about ventilators, their operators and their roles in the COVID-19 pandemic. She said the respiratory therapists can be the lifesavers for some COVID-19 patients.

Some need oxygen, and some need oxygen that is pushed into them – that ventilator positive breath. COVID-19 attacks the lungs. "It’s like an air hunger," Bennett told The Enquirer. "Some people say that it feels like they are suffocating.”

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