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Old 04-02-2020, 03:54   #1
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SAVe Ventilator

to 18D, FST folks, SOF medic, or any SME who had worked with the 2007 DARPA-developed SAVe Ventilator.

Would this work on someone with severe multilobar pneumonia and ARDS?
Would you reuse it after using it on COVID patient (ie. terminal sanitizing and 72 hours hold)?

We just dust off several units from storage. We are preparing contingency for those having severe COVID respiratory complication. I understand it's meant only as rescue/transport ventilator. It's single setting, cannot change tidal volume, PEEP etc. In my limited knowledge and experience, they are meant for trauma patients with compromised airway or no breathing, with otherwise healthy pneumocytes. So if the alveolis are jacked up as in ARDS secondary to COVID, would you still use it for prolonged field care?
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