From the Overview: "Mechanical ventilation is a life-saving measure for people experiencing respiratory distress from trauma or severe respiratory conditions and diseases affecting lung function. Hospitals, acute care settings, and other skilled nursing facilities maintain an inventory of ventilators, however, the demand for these resources is likely to increase due to the COVID-19 response. When hospital surge capacity is reached, state public health officials may be asked to provide guidance or enact emergency standards of care to provide direction to hospitals and health care providers."
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