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2020 May 15

Rev Esp Anestesiol Reanim

COVID-19: how to transform a noninvasive ventilation device in a critical care ventilator.


Tusman G, Campos M, Gogniat E
Rev Esp Anestesiol Reanim. 2020 May 15.
PMID: 32553516.


COVID-19 pandemic caused not only many deaths around the world but also made evident technical limitations of hospital and intensive care units (ICU). The growing demand of ICU ventilators in a short lapse of time constitutes one of the main community concerns. The main goal of this communication is to give simple solutions to transform a noninvasive ventilator in an invasive one for intubated patients. The proposal can be applied in two well defined strategies for the COVID-19 pandemic: To replace anesthesia workstations, leaving those machines to be used in patients. To apply this option in COVID-19 patients by way of a therapeutic "bridge", waiting for the release of a ventilator in the ICU.