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.