Pandemic events present multiple challenges to the health care environment and the ability of the respiratory therapist to provide mechanical ventilation to all persons in need. The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is a repository of ventilators that would be used to supplement the supply currently in use by the nation’s acute care facilities. These ventilators can be requested and allocated to areas of need in the event of a pandemic. In 2020, the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) added several new mechanical ventilator models to the stockpile.
The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) holds an inventory of ventilators of various types that can be deployed during a public health emergency if public health and healthcare facilities need additional ventilators to care for patients. Currently, there are 15 ventilator models in the SNS.
The AARC has partnered with the ASPR and SNS to provide necessary resources for the respiratory therapist to prepare for mechanically ventilating a large population during a public health emergency. Information is provided for all 15 mechanical ventilators in the SNS. In addition to ventilator-specific information from the manufacturers, we have provided educational information for respiratory therapists and for the cross-training of respiratory therapy extenders for medical emergencies.
For more information about the SNS resources, please visit the Public Health Emergency website.
The AARC will host three live, virtual training events in 2021 via Zoom. All three events will contain the same content; those interested in the training need attend only one of the three options.
- Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 @ 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Central
- Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Central (registration through Zoom for the live event)
- Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Central
Instructional videos will be posted after the last SNS live workshop on April 22, 2021.
- Introduction and Scarce Resource Allocation
- Mass Respiratory Failure
- The Strategic National Stockpile: Ventilator Allocation and Storage/Maintenance
- The SNS Ventilators Performance Characteristics: Matching Patient Need to Device Capability