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In this report, the authors describe their experience using a novel strategy to ventilate 2 patients simultaneously with a single ventilator. The authors describe the criteria used for patient selection, ventilator configuration, and report the lessons learned from 3 pairs of patients.
This is a very helpful report that highlights a technique that may be needed in some hospitals which have reached ventilator capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
– Morgan Soffler, MD
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
Covid-19 is a rapidly expanding global pandemic. In March 2020, models forecasted imminent exhaustion of regional ventilator supply in New York (1). In response, we developed a novel ventilator sharing strategy to support two patients simultaneously with one ventilator. This report details our initial ventilator sharing experience among patients with Covid-19-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Ventilator Sharing During an Acute Shortage Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic
Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2020 Jun 09;[EPub Ahead of Print], JR Beitler, AM Mittel, R Kallet, R Kacmarek, D Hess, R Branson, M Olson, I Garcia, B Powell, DS Wang, J Hastie, O Panzer, D Brodie, LL Hill, BT Thompson