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Lab Webcast Recording

Our January 13, 2021, webcast focused on the use of respiratory assist helmets for supplying supplemental oxygen and reducing the need for a full ventilator in COVID-19 patients suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome. View the session recording, including live Q&A, plus supplementary materials.

  • Focus areas:
    • What are respiratory assist helmets, and in what situations are they most appropriate?
    • What are the top advantages of these devices over the alternatives?
    • What preparations should you make before using these devices?
    • What key safety precautions should you consider?
  • Speakers:
    • Andrew Furman, MD, MMM, FACEP, Executive Director, Clinical Excellence, ECRI
    • Bob Kopotic, PhDh, MSN, FAARC, Critical Care Senior Manager, Clinical and Medical Affairs, Edwards Lifesciences, LLC
    • Maurizio Cereda, MD, Associate Professor, Critical Care Anesthesiology and Department of Radiology, Program Director, Adult Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, Co-Director, Surgical ICU, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
    • Michael J. Frazer, BS, RRT, CPFT, Associate Administrative and Clinical Director Respiratory Therapy and Pulmonary Diagnostics, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
    • Ismael Cordero, BS, Senior Project Engineer, Device Evaluations, ECRI
    • Marc Schlessinger, RRT-NPS, MBA, FACHE, Senior Associate, ASG, ECRI
    • Jason Launders, MS, Director of Operations, Device Evaluations, ECRI


Our January 13, 2021, webcast focuses on the use of respiratory assist helmets for COVID-19 patients suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome. View the session recording, including live Q&A. Length: 0:00.



Supplementary Materials



Additional Resources

Learning tool: Non-Invasive CPAP by Helmet

An interactive procedure developed by Maurizio Cereda, MD, University of Pennsylvania.

    Learning tool: Helmet Ventilation (NIV)

    An interactive guide developed by University of Chicago Medicine covering patient triage, helmet system setup, helmet placement, and monitoring.

    Emergency Use Ventilatory Assistance Helmet (VAH) Design Guidance

    A consensus report of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) providing targeted design constraints to enable rapid development of emergency use VAH equipment to treat patients with COVID-19 respiratory failure. This document is also intended to guide the review of emergency use VAH by an authority having jurisdiction.

    Suppliers of Ventilatory Assist Helmets

    ECRI is currently evaluating products from the following U.S. suppliers:

    Topics and Metadata


    Technology Selection


    Hospital Inpatient

    Clinical Specialty

    Critical Care; Pulmonary Medicine


    Respiratory Therapist

    Information Type


    Phase of Diffusion


    Technology Class


    Clinical Category


    SourceBase Supplier

    Product Catalog


    ICD 9/ICD 10






    Publication History

    ​Published January 15, 2021

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