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
Lab tour recording
- High-Priority ECRI Alert | Use of One Ventilator to Mechanically Ventilate Two or More Patients Simultaneously Presents Risks: The use of one ventilator to treat two or more patients via adaptors has been proposed as one way to address ventilator shortages related to a surge of COVID-19 patients.
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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.
Inspection and preventive maintenance (IPM) procedures
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