Human beings as ventilators—is it humane?

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 17 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5486
  1. B Adhisivam, assistant professor
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry 605 006, India
  1. adhisivam1975{at}

Though the number of hospitals in both government and private sector is increasing in India, they are still not enough to meet the healthcare needs of the ever growing population. One example is the inadequacy of life sustaining devices in healthcare systems and the substitution of human beings for mechanical ventilators. In a …

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