Hospitals across the country are facing a growing threat to treating Covid-19 patients: the global ventilator shortage. As a result, hospitals are thinking creatively about how to access more ventilators, and how to allocate their ventilator supply. Advisory Board has created two must-have cheat sheets for any hospital that is worried about ventilator allocation.
Strategies to expand ventilator supply
Updated April 29, 2020
In addition to sourcing ventilators from existing vendor relationships and the federal stockpile, health systems can use existing alternatives to traditional ventilators, convert other equipment to function as a ventilator, and monitor additional ongoing solutions. Not all of these strategies have FDA approval yet, so organizations should monitor federal regulatory guidance for makeshift ventilator solutions or other new options as they come to market and make decisions that align with their needs and priorities. Use this resource to find existing alternatives to traditional ventilators.