Anesthesia Machines and ICU Ventilation: Differences and Considerations
COVID-19: Important information for clinicians considering use of anesthesia machines for patient ventilation
This is in accordance with the U.S. FDA guidance published March 2020, stating they do not object to the use of anesthesia machines for patients requiring ventilation.
IMPORTANT: This document contains off-label information. This information is only being provided for consideration during the COVID-19 pandemic. Regulatory authorities (e.g. U.S. FDA, Health Canada, TGA, EU Competent Authorities) have not cleared or approved these anesthesia devices as safe and effective for use as ICU ventilators. The use of these devices as ICU ventilators has not been verified or validated. Use of the devices in this manner is at the sole discretion and responsibility of the clinician or device owner and is done at his/her own (liability) risk.
Refer to the APSF/ASA Guidance on Purposing Anesthesia Machines as ICU Ventilators for more information.
Find more information at ICU Ventilation User Resources to help manage your coronavirus patients
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Anesthesia Machine Participant Training Guides
Anesthesia Machine Cleaning and Service
Help keep your anesthesia equipment clean and well maintained with these helpful resources. Know that we are here to help support your critical care efforts in perioperative and ICU environments.
GE Healthcare Anesthesia-Respiratory Cleaning Guidance
For more recommended cleaning procedures
For repairs and technical service support visit the GE Healthcare Service Shop.
Anesthesia Machine Accessories and Filters
Help keep yourself and your patients safe from infectious agents by using recommended accessories and filters specifically designed for use with your GE Healthcare anesthesia machine. Review these resources to understand the precautions needed when using these accessories.
Review specifications for Heat and Moisture Exchange Filters (HMEF) and filters for infectious agents.
(NOTE: HEPA filters not approved for sale in the USA.)
Download Water Trap Filtration in GE Healthcare Gas Monitoring Modules (COVID-19 Bulletin).
To order more supplies and accessories visit the GE Healthcare Service Shop.
Professional Anesthesiology Society Resources
Stay in contact with experienced anesthesia colleagues and find current recommended guidelines on managing Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients when you visit these professional society resources.
APSF/ASA Guidance on Purposing Anesthesia Machines as ICU Ventilators
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) Townhall on Coronavirus
European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA)
American Society of Anesthesiologists Coronavirus Resources