Anesthesia machine used as ventilator for the treatment of respiratory failure caused by COVID-19
As we continue to respond to medical supply demands from around the world, we observed an unprecedented demand and shortage of ICU ventilators. As the supply chain of ventilators is spread out in different countries, many manufacturers have expressed concern that they are not able to provide continuous production. To mitigate the supply shortage of ventilators, the U.S. FDA has issued a guideline that suggests anesthesia gas machines can be used if ICU ventilators are not available.
Anesthesia machine, also known as anesthesia ventilator, integrates anesthesia evaporation system and ventilator system to help patients "mechanically control breathing under general anesthesia. It is essentially a "ventilator with anesthesia function". However, compared to the ventilator, the anesthesia machine is equipped with breathing monitoring and anesthesia detection; it has a more complex structure and more diverse functions, which requires higher technical skills of anesthesiologist.
COVID-19 broke out globally and there was a serious shortage of ventilator. The US FDA advocates
using anesthesia machines as ventilators to relieve medical pressure, which has been clinically verified and approved in many countries. The following is our plan to use the anesthesia machine as ventilator.
When an anesthesia machine is used as a ventilator, the ventilator tube (with a condensate bottle) is used to connect the patient. It is necessary to connect a bacterial filter device on the exhalation and inhalation sides of the anesthesia machine and a humidifier on the inhalation side. To prevent repeated absorption of carbon dioxide, soda lime needs to be replaced regularly.
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The UK set up field hospitals
Makeshift field hospital set up in New York also prepared anesthesia machine.
According to the Diagnosis and Treatment Protocol for Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (Trial Version 7), respiratory support is needed for patients with severe and critical symptoms.
Ventilation mode that is also available on anesthesia machines