ICU Rounds
ICU Rounds
Jeffrey S. Guy, MD, FACS
Splitting a Ventilator: Multipatient Ventilation for COVID?
16 minutes Posted Apr 22, 2020 at 6:46 pm.
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Throughout the pandemic, there has been considerable discussion about the possibility of running our of ventilators. One potential solution that was brought forward was putting multiple patients on a single ventilator. This is a lot harder than merely attaching a plastic splitter on a ventilator. In this episode, we explain safety and physiological considerations. Also, we briefly discuss specific patient care issues and ventilator settings if your circumstance requires you to adopt this approach.