August 2021 Update
The American Hospital Association has reactivated the dynamic ventilator reserve. This will help us to distribute available ventilators and associated supplies to areas with high rates of hospitalization and severe illness. These trends are due largely to the spread of the Delta variant.
In the spring of 2020, the AHA joined hospital and health system leaders at the White House to announce the Dynamic Ventilator Reserve, a public-private online initiative to track and help distribute available ventilators and associated supplies to areas of the country with high COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations. Within weeks of the announcement, the DVR had intake calls with 23 health systems, eventually growing to an inventory of nearly 3,000 ventilators across the United States.
The first request to borrow ventilators was made July 14, and since that time, the DVR has facilitated the successful loan of more than 100 ventilators transported across hundreds of thousands of miles.
AHA Special Bulletin
- Public-private Effort Launched to Help Distribute Existing Ventilators to High-need Areas of the U.S.
- News: FEMA implements ventilator request process
- Axios: Hospitals to share ventilators while production scales up
- Kaiser Health News: Federal Ventilator Program Would Allow Hospitals To Send Unused Machines To Help Hot Spots
- HealthLeaders Media: HCA Providing Up to 1,000 Ventilators to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak
- New Orleans Times-Picayune: Hospitals can now share ventilators through program developed by Ochsner CEO, Trump administration
- Fox 8 Cleveland: Cleveland Clinic helps in creation of national ventilator database
- Florida Politics: Kudos to a good idea: Florida hospitals to participate in ‘dynamic ventilator reserve’ program
American Hospital Association COVID-19 Resources