Hello everyone especially anaesthetic machine experts, as the crisis continues would you be able to share tips and information on the possibilities of using your anaesthetic machine to ventilate are and support a Covid-19 patient when no ventilators available and the option of using an anaesthetic machine as a last resort?
From the front line most hospitals have cut back or virtually stopped routine surgery.... so there are many anaesthetic machines not being utilised..... now you might understand where I am coming from old chap.
But more importantly, most (if not all) anaesthetic (or "theatre") ventilators can be run without an anaesthesia machine. Gas supplies need to be consider (that is, be available) - just as they would with an anaesthesia machine - and generally an oxygen-air mixer would be needed. However, as the type (name) implies, anaesthetic (or "theatre") ventilators are generally not suited to use in an ITU situation.
As already mentioned, an anaesthesia machine by itself (without a ventilator) cannot ventilate a patient ... unless you're prepared to have someone sitting there squeezing a rebreathing bag.
Basically avoid low-flows, keep the fresh gas to around 4-5 lpm to avoid too much moisture, change soda lime regularly, remove vaporisers and flush system of all agent. May need to adjust alarm limits etc.
I would stay away from the idea of placing two patients on a ventilator. It works with test lungs but humans react very differently to test lungs. I would let the clinicians decide that move and not even suggest to them beforehand.
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