Strategic National Stockpile Ventilator Training Program

Strategic National Stockpile Warehouse

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 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.

Many of the stockpiled ventilators are included in the Ventilator Training Alliance (VTA) mobile app. This mobile app connects the respiratory therapist with ventilator training resources from alliance member companies, including instructional how-to videos, manuals, troubleshooting guides, and other ventilator-operation expertise critical to helping health care providers treat patients. The app is provided at no cost to medical professionals. To download the Ventilator Training Alliance knowledge hub application, visit the Apple App Store or Google Play store, or access the hub from any web browser.

Live Events

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

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

Ventilator Videos

Medtronic Puritan Bennet 560

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Zoll EMV+ 731

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Vyaire (CareFusion) LTV 1200

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Vyaire LTV2 2200

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Philips Trilogy Evo Universal

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Philips Trilogy EV300

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ResMed Astral 150

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GE Healthcare CARESCAPE R860

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GE Healthcare pNeuton A-E Model

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GM Ventec V+ Pro

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Hillrom Life 2000

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Hamilton C3

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Hamilton C1

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Hamilton Military T1

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Combat Medical SAVe II+

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