VOA News “Bad Bugs Need New Drugs”

March 19, 2006

It’s not often one sees news in the media about the difficulty in managing the ventilation of a patient. I love the line about ventilating a brick.

VOA News – Bad Bugs Need New Drugs
An aggressive staph infection called MRSA had eaten a hole in his lungs. Scott Smith says over the next two months the child had six blood transfusions. “His lungs were so bad they couldn’t supply the oxygen his body needed.” Surgeons had to insert five chest tubes in his body due to the hole that was in his lungs. “A respiratory therapist told us his lungs were so hard and infected that it was like trying to pump air into a brick,” says Scott Smith.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *