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Mechanical Ventilation Strategies

Purposing Anesthesia Machines as ICU Ventilators
Anesthesia machines are equipped with ventilators that in many cases can provide mechanical ventilation to patients with respiratory failure. Learn how anesthesia machines can be used safely and effectively as a first-line backup during the pandemic. Access in this American Society of Anesthesiologists recorded webcast.

Other Ventilator Supply Mitigation Strategies
If the number of ventilators in your facility is running low, consider alternative devices capable of delivering breaths or pressure support to patients requiring ventilation.
FDA: Ventilator Supply Mitigation Strategies: Letter to Health Care Providers
Additional Guidance from the American Association for Respiratory Care

Risks of Multiple Patients on a Single Ventilator
This joint society consensus statement provides advice to clinicians considering placing multiple patients on a single mechanical ventilator. 
When You’re Out of Options
Guidance to clinicians on techniques for mechanically ventilating two patients with a single ventilator in crisis situations is presented in this iCritical Care podcast and these documents distributed by FEMA and Greater New York Hospital Association.