ABSTRACT

Optimizing Ventilator Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the Document: "The COVID-19 outbreak is presenting unprecedented challenges to our health care system. According to our best projections, combined with information on the ground, the availability of precious medical resources will be limited because of the numbers of patients and their severity of illness. Among the most important resources will be mechanical ventilators, affiliated gases and disposables, and of course, qualified professionals to operate these devices. In order to meet the growing demand, it is essential that we aggressively implement the following four overall measures: [1] Rigorous adherence to all social distancing measures, including limitations on gatherings and travel. [...2] Guidelines to optimize the use of mechanical ventilators. [...3] Judicious, data driven requests and usage of the Strategic National Stockpile [SNS] of ventilators and equipment. [...and 4] Increasing the capacity of the SNS through federal procurement."

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2020-03-31
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.hhs.gov/
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