Columbia Develops Ventilator-Sharing Protocol for COVID-19 Patients

April 01, 2020

In response to the growing need for ventilators in New York state, doctors at Columbia University Irving Medical Center have developed a ventilator-sharing method that fully supports two patients simultaneously with one device.

Doctors can use an adaptor to direct air from the ventilator into two breathing tubes. Only patients with similar breathing needs are connected to the same device.

“We’re doing something that hasn’t really ever been done before, but now is the time to do it,” Jeremy Beitler, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and lead author of the protocol, told the New York Times.