As Covid-19 cases surge during the pandemic, hospitals have been dealing with shortages of medical equipment such as ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPE), and testing supplies like swabs and re-agent solution. While the latter has been at the forefront of the news, there are other types of medical equipment that are also in high demand due to additional intensive care units (ICUs) needed specifically for the pandemic. In order to run these additional ICUs at full capacity, hospitals must prepare and have the following equipment ready.
Ventilators: Invasive and non-Invasive
An invasive ventilator is most commonly used on intubated patients, often in the ICU to assist people in breathing when they are unable to do so themselves, sometimes referred to as life support. The invasive ventilator is attached to a tube placed in the patient's airway so it can deliver breaths into the lungs of the patient. Some of the most widely used invasive ventilators on the market include:
Non-invasive ventilators provide treatment for respiratory distress and commonly delivered with a mask. It is a ‘rescue’ intervention for short term use when lower air pressure is acceptable. Some of the most widely used non-invasive ventilators on the market include:
An infusion pump is a medical device that delivers large volumes of fluids, such as nutrients and medications, into a patient's body in controlled amounts. Infusion pumps are in widespread use throughout hospitals. A typical patient in the ICU may be requiring several infusion pumps at the same time. Some of the most widely used infusion pumps on the market include:
Patient Monitors / Pulse Oximeters
Patient monitors are diagnostic machines that track and display the patient’s vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, respiration, oxygen saturation, CO2, and more. Some of the most widely used patient monitors and pulse oximeters on the market include:
Devices are sometimes necessary to create suction. Suction units may be used to clear the airway of blood, saliva, vomit, or other secretions so that a patient may breathe more easily. In pulmonary hygiene, suction is used to remove fluids from the airways, to facilitate breathing and prevent the growth of microorganisms. Some of the most widely used suction units on the market include:
Humidifiers warm and humidify the gas delivered during mechanical ventilation to avoid serious complications related to dry gases and to create more comfort for the patient. Some of the most widely used humidifiers on the market include:
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Sources: hopkinsmedicine.org, fda.gov, webmd.com, healthmanagment.org