Manawatu Standard

Hospitals short on drugs for intubating patients


Reports are emerging of Brazilian health workers forced to intubate patientswi­thout the aid of sedatives, after weeks ofwarnings that hospitals and state government­s risked running out of critical medicines. One doctor at the Albert Schweitzer municipal hospital in Rio de Janeiro told the Associated Press that for days health workers diluted sedatives tomake their stock last longer. Once it ran out, nurses and doctors had to begin using neuromuscu­lar blockers and tying patients to their beds, the doctor said. ‘‘Some try to talk, resist. They’re conscious.’’

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