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Portable Power Supply for Continuous Mechanical Ventilation During Intrahospital Transport of Critically III Patients With ARDS

Andrew C. H. Barton; Janet E. Tuttle-Newhall; James E. Szalados
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From the Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Critical Care Medicine, and the Department of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care Section, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.


1997 by the American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 1997;112(2):560-563. doi:10.1378/chest.112.2.560
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Abstract

Patients with respiratory failure and poor pulmonary compliance requiring high levels of positive pressure ventilation are at high risk during intrahospital transportation. Most ICU ventilators currently do not have a built-in power supply. Manual bag-valve ventilation frequently is used but often without optimum mean airway pressures or minute ventilation guarantees. Transport ventilators also are limited in their ability to provide high positive end-expiratory pressure, variable inspiratory-expiratory ratios, or pressure-controlled ventilation. The 3M SARNS HELP (Hospital Emergency Limited Power) 115, a portable battery, provides continuous power to ICU ventilators and eliminates ventilator circuit interruption for the critical period of patient transportation.


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