Additional Ventilators May Pose a Risk to Hospital Gas Systems

 Published: April 13, 2020

By: Heather Willden


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The COVID-19 epidemic has placed hospitals in dire risk of having insufficient resources to treat the surge in patients. One critical resource is mechanical ventilation. As hospitals rush to increase ventilator inventory, they may be overlooking an important limiting resource; perhaps as important as ventilator circuits or even clinicians to operate the machines. That resource is the facility’s medical gas supply.

The AARC developed a new guidance document to address this concern.

Read the full Guidance Document

Use the downloadable calculator to estimate medical gas consumption by mechanical ventilators.

Download the Calculator (.xlxs)

Robert Chatburn, MHHS, RRT-NPS, FAARC, and Richard Branson, MSc, RRT, FAARC FCCM, prepared a presentation to accompany the new guidance document.

Download the Presentation Slides

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Heather Willden

Heather Willden is the Director of Governance and Strategic Initiatives for the AARC where she works with state affiliates as the HOD liaison. She also manages DEI efforts and strategic initiatives. Connect with her about these topics by email, AARConnect or LinkedIn. When she's not working, you can find her podcasting with her husband, exploring new hiking trails, photographing, and spending time with her family.

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