COVID-19: Helping the Heroes
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Apr 6, 2020
An open letter from Medtronic leadership to our customers, partners, and patients.
Mar 27, 2020
Executive Vice President Bob White discusses how Medtronic is mobilizing to increase our production.
Mar 27, 2020
An inside look at how Medtronic is ramping up production of ventilators.
Mar 17, 2020
We are focused on keeping employees safe as we work to provide healthcare teams with the lifesaving products they need to continue to treat patients around the world.
Safe clinical practice does not support ventilating more than one patient on a ventilator at a time. Ventilation of critically ill patients demands individualized ventilator settings. Attempting to ventilate multiple patients on one vent simultaneously assumes that each patient requires identical ventilation settings. Our Puritan Bennett™ ventilators are not designed to ventilate more than one patient at a time.
We understand the importance of the increased demand for ventilators during this crisis, but we must always prioritize patient safety and well-being. The clinical community — including the American Association for Respiratory Care and Society of Critical Care Medicine — has issued a joint statement advising that sharing ventilators should not be attempted. It states: “Attempting to ventilate multiple patients with COVID‐19, given the issues described here, could lead to poor outcomes and high mortality rates for all patients cohorted.”