COVID-19: Same ventilator. Different shortage.

FILE – In this April 20, 2020, file photo a nurse pulls a ventilator into an exam room where a patient with COVID-19 went into cardiac arrest at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y. An analysis of federal contracting data by The Associated Press shows the Department of Health and Human Services is now on track to exceed 100,000 new ventilators by around July 13, about a week later than the 100-day deadline Trump first gave on March 27. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Ventilators are incredibly complex machines, which is one reason manufacturers had trouble producing them quickly at the beginning of the pandemic. But now, another shortage looms: the people who know how to use them.

In this episode, we talk to Tom Barnes (registered respiratory therapist and lead faculty member for the Master of Science in Respiratory Care Leadership).