For patients critically ill with Covid-19, access to a ventilator could be a matter of life or death.
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The machines get oxygen into the lungs and remove carbon dioxide from the body when people are too sick to breathe on their own.
British engineering firms have been called on to switch to making medical ventilators as concern grows about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Right now there is a substantial shortage of both intensive care beds and ventilators. Can the NHS be equipped to meet the increased demand?
James Clayton reports.
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