Considerations for Multiplex Ventilation: What Clinicians Need to Know (Video)

Insights about this potential last resort ventilation strategy

Multiplex ventilation (MpV) is the practice of ventilating more than one patient at a time with a single ventilator. Understanding this technique is especially germane during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has created a greater demand for ventilators in some healthcare centers. MpV can be a lifesaving technique, but there are several modifications to consider to maximize its efficacy and minimize risk for patients.

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Umur Hatipoğlu, MD, Medical Director for Respiratory Medicine, and Robert Chatburn, MHHS, RRT-NPS, FAARC, Enterprise Research Manager for Respiratory Care, both at Cleveland Clinic’s Respiratory Institute, host an instructional video that demonstrates potential use and considerations of MpV in a clinical setting. While there are no human studies to validate its safety, anecdotal evidence supports its clinical benefit as a potential last-resort ventilation strategy.