#IJCovid19: Russia bans model of ventilators sent to US following fires in two hospitals



Is the Cold war back? Or should I say "Hot War"? Sounds like a US vs Russia thing now. Russian authorities have banned a specific model of ventilators from use in their hospitals following two deadly fires, according to reports.

Aventa-M branded machines are said to have been preliminarily linked to the blazes, according to a report by CBS News. The fires caused the death of six patients,

Moscow reportedly sent a number of the same model ventilators to the US as part of an equipment relief package in early April, which are said to have not been used.

The first fire broke out in the Spasokukotsky Hospital on Saturday in Moscow causing the death of one Covid-19 patient while a second fire occurred on Tuesday at St George's Hospital in St Petersburg killing five other patients on ventilators.

A ventilator is a machine that provides mechanical ventilation by moving breathable air into and out of the lungs, to deliver breaths to a patient who is physically unable to breathe, or breathing insufficiently.

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