Strategies to Mitigate Ventilator Shortages

An ECRI lab tour

View a recording of our April 1, 2020, live-streamed lab webcast, to understand how to strategize ventilator deployment when supplies are short, how to split one ventilator as a last resort to treat two patients, and how to ensure that a ventilator is safe to use. The presentation concludes with an informative Q&A session based on questions from hospitals around the globe.


  • Dr. Andrew Furman, Executive Director, Clinical Excellence, ECRI
  • Ismael Cordero, Senior Project Officer, Device Evaluation, ECRI

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New York-Presbyterian ventilator-sharing protocol

If clinicians consider using one ventilator for two or more patients, they should do so only as a last resort, and the hospital should have a plan to manage the associated risks before doing so. Refer to the New York-Presbyterian/Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) working protocol for guidance.

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