◉ Reliable even under extreme operating conditions (-20 to +50°C)
◉ Three step device start up, takes less than 10 seconds
◉ Device check takes less than a minute
◉ Setting parameters for fast ventilation start
◉ Clear user guidance with moderate training time
◉ Non-specific and various applications
Specific to the present COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate the following scenarios in which an emergency mechanical ventilator could be safely used to provide respiratory support:
• A deteriorating COVID-19 patient, who is short of breath & hypoxic; hypoxemic respiratory insufficiency means they are not breathing well enough to adequately oxygenate their blood. Clinicians at this point can initiate respiratory support. Ethovent could provide basic respiratory support in this situation
• Worsening clinical status recognized when a patient develops Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). An Ethovent could be a bridging solution until a traditional ICU ventilator becomes available
• The patient will be intubated or have a tracheostomy (limited / no applicability to mask)
• Those patients are otherwise going to be sedated and paralyzed (invasive ventilation requires sedation, and paralysis will prevent patient-ventilator desynchrony if assist-control is not available)
• Ventilated patients required to leave the ICU for imaging or procedures can be supported with Ethovent, unless determined that the patient requires support outside its range.
A multidisciplinary team consisting of a physician, critical care nurse, and respiratory therapist should be available to monitor ventilated patients at all times. Additionally, a clinical lab capable of timely reporting of blood gases and other common ICU laboratory markers should be available to enable the clinical team to make appropriate decisions and adjustments.
The safe limit for ventilation therapy has not yet been determined. In the life-and-death situation we are currently facing, this will give patients a chance until an ICU or OR ventilator becomes available.