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  • Writer's pictureJoan Rothchild Hardin

Are hospitals operating under an incorrect medical paradigm for treating COVID-19?

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This video posted on March 31 2020 by an ER/ICU doc in New York City who’s been treating a great many COVID-19 patients presents compelling evidence that COVID-19 does NOT produce a viral pneumonia causing Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). His observation of his patients indicates they are suffering from a state of oxygen failure, NOT respiratory failure.

But COVID-19 patients all over the country are being treated for respiratory failure. If the medical paradigm is wrong, then the treatments being offered are also wrong.

Dr Cameron Kyle-Sidell is an ER/ICU physician at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City who has been working at the bedside of COVID+ patients. He says, “I believe we are treating the wrong disease and that we must change what we are doing if we want to save as many lives as possible. I welcome any feedback, especially from those bedside: doctors, nurses, xray techs, pharmacists, anyone and everyone. Does this sound wrong or right, is something more right? Please let me know. @cameronks “ Many thanks to my son, Josh Hardin, for bringing this video to my attention. Here’s another video debating the ventilator question posted on April 14 2020, two weeks after the video above:

Doctors say the coronavirus is challenging core tenets of medicine, leading some to abandon long-established ventilator protocols for certain patients. But other doctors warn this could be dangerous.

In the two weeks since Kyle-Sidell posted his first video, he and like-minded doctors “continue to spark impassioned debate within the medical community, with some doctors moving away from the use of ventilators and others defending the current standard of care. What’s clear, though, is COVID-19 patients on ventilators aren’t doing as well as doctors would hope—and health care experts are scrambling to fix it.

“Mechanical ventilation always comes with risks: a tube must be placed into a patient’s airway to deliver oxygen to their body when their lungs no longer can. It’s an invasive form of support, and most doctors view it as a last resort. Under the best of circumstances, up to half of patients sick enough to require this type of ventilation won’t make it.

“But for COVID-19, the numbers are even worse. Only a small portion of COVID-19 patients get sick enough to require ventilation—but for the unlucky few who do, data out of China and New York City suggest upward of 80% do not recover. A U.K. report put the number only slightly lower, at 66%.”

(Ducharme, 4/16/2020))



Ducharme, J. (4/16/2020). Why Ventilators May Not Be Working as Well for COVID-19 Patients as Doctors Hoped. See:

Kyle-Sidell, C. (3/31/2020) FROM NYC ICU: DOES COVID-19 REALLY CAUSE ARDS? (Video). See:

New York Times News. (4/14/2020). Doctors Face Troubling Question: Are They Treating Coronavirus Correctly? | NYT News. (Video). See: © Copyright 2020. Joan Rothchild Hardin. All Rights Reserved.

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