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On March 30, 2020 the U.S. Public Health Service released its recommendations for managing COVID-infected patients who have respiratory failure when the availability of ventilators and other ventilator support resources is limited.
These recommendations emphasize the importance of using anesthesia machine ventilators to meet the anticipated high demands. It also strongly encourages the transfer of ventilators, supplies, and personnel who are familiar with these from areas that are not experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks to those that are, whenever feasible. Other recommendations to reduce the overall need for ventilators are included.