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.
Use the downloadable calculator to estimate medical gas consumption by mechanical ventilators.
Robert Chatburn, MHHS, RRT-NPS, FAARC, and Richard Branson, MSc, RRT, FAARC FCCM, prepared a presentation to accompany the new guidance document.