Optimizing Ventilator Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Because of the unprecedented demand on hospital and ICU resources during the COVID-19 (SARS CoV-2) pandemic, many hospitals may be challenged with providing mechanical ventilation to all those in need of this therapy. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are working with multiple partners that include healthcare systems, academic institutions, professional medical societies, and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine to develop crisis standards of care strategies for ventilator support when resources are limited. Read more...