Thousands of ventilators in US stockpile unusable due to lapse in maintenance

Thousands of ventilators in US stockpile unusable due to lapse in maintenance

Over 2,100 ventilators in the US government stockpile are unusable because of a lapse in routine maintenance. When a government contract with Vyaire Medical to maintain some stockpile ventilators expired in August, a broader contract was awarded to Agiliti. A subsequent protest by Vyaire led to a contract dispute which was not resolved until January, during which time maintenance was halted.

Paul N
Paul N 1 months

Declare repairing them an essential service and hire some of those laid off to service them. This is more of an expiration maintenance, most of those units will work just fine. Some components inside simply need testing to meet compliance and a sign off not a repair.

Seekster 1 months

This may be true but it is a New York Times report which means a second independent verification is necessary. Right now the sources are the New York Times themselves and another source which is basing its reporting on the New York Times story.

is it 2021 yet?
is it 2021 yet? 1 months

Wow. “But it said an additional 2,109 of the lifesaving devices in storage are unmaintained or otherwise unusable. The ventilators are not available after a contract to maintain the stockpile lapsed last summer. In addition, a contracting dispute meant that a new firm did not begin its work until late January.” Somebody got some splainin’ to do.

IvoryDove 1 months

I know the media likes to find stories like this... But why aren't they running the story about Schwarzenegger building a strategic emergency supply of ventilators and PPE for California and then later, Jerry Brown trashing it because he didn't want the cost of maintaining it?

IvoryDove 1 months

I'll bet "Da Unionz™️" are the reason for the lawsuit.

Fernando 1 months Small businesses can repair ventilators, problem fixed.

Emperor Tito
Emperor Tito 1 months

What? Government inefficient? How can this be?

Fin 1 months

The army has a bio medical device repair Mos.. Call em up n get the school instructors n active duty asap to repair

Dallas Grant
Dallas Grant 1 months

Just wait and they will somehow find a way to blame Trump for this. What I want to know is how a short lapse of time with maintenance was long enough we have a bad batch now... It appears to me that the original company wasn't doing any of the work while collecting the fee.

tim 1 months

Can’t make this shit up.

Jason 1 months

You mean we cant have a million if these expensive peices of life saving equipment laying around for the black swan event of the century?? Well there goes my talking point.

Fin 1 months

Now the civilian world gets to see how frequently mobile med units get crap in field... Yep its always been a problem made bigger by all the drain swamp cut games

John W
John W 1 months

Just because they are not certified does not mean they don't work. Lack of scheduled maintenance by a few months, especially when you are not using them, doesn't mean they don't work. . If the need them for emergencies, pick the best ones first and do extensive test on the older ones . How many people take thier cars into every "scheduled maintenance" the car makers recommend? Yet thier car runs for years just fine. If they just sit for years, they may just need some rubber seals replaced. I can't imagine these have tons of seals or moving parts. If they cost $40,000 each, I would assume the electrical parts are sealed and meant to last. If not then maybe we should look into these companies.

jean Claude
jean Claude 1 months

This is only half the truth they can be made fit for purpose! NYT trying hard to justify Democratic anti Trump Rhetoric. Why did NY skimp on Hospitals and emergency bedazzled why was NY totally unprepared ?

yooper 1 months

It's time to charge China for reimbursement of all expenses due to this Global crisis.

Tommy Rotten
Tommy Rotten 1 months

Let me guess... Trumps fault... Massively Extensive and expensive investigation... Impeachment trail... And no repercussions when nothing comes of it all?

NeverMetTheGuy 1 months

Those things will be working really quickly if needed. Not to mention, a lot of "de" for these machines is like an oil change every 5,000 miles... Excessive.

michael 1 months

yep, corporations certainly deserve to have personhood don't they?

WWG1WGA 1 months

So a week 2 weeks tops to have them up and running🤔

Young Conservative
Young Conservative 1 months

Bureaucracy sucks ass

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