Frequently Asked Questions



Updated 6/8/2020

  • The Dynamic Ventilator Reserve is a public-private initiative between the American Hospital Association, the federal government and leading group purchasing organizations. This program, which was announced at the White House on April 14, brings together hospitals and health systems from across the country to contribute a portion of their ventilator fleets to share with facilities experiencing shortages.

  • The projected shortage of ventilators in specific geographic areas as the United States battles the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting regions of the country unevenly as rates for infection, hospitalization and intensive care unit utilization vary. Ventilator equipment may sit idle in some areas with lower infection rates while other areas are stretched beyond capacity.  

  • The DVR is an online database that tracks the location of ventilators around the country. Distribution of equipment will be coordinated according to need through the DVR program, and the AHA will provide regular communication to participating providers about their status.

  • The online inventory will be hosted by Cohealo, a company that specializes in equipment sharing for health systems.

  • There is no restriction according to AHA membership, but for the moment, the DVR is only open to facilities providing ventilators.

  • Each ventilator must be sanitized, in good working order and condition and ready for transport. At least one week’s supply of consumables assuming constant use for each ventilator must also be included.

  • Each health systems is asked to identify and register at least 20 ventilators for use in the DVR.

  • This program accepts ICU ventilators, advance transports, basic transport, bipap and cpap.

  • Yes. The program allows you to designate, by make/model, only those ventilators you wish to add to the DVR for others’ use. Furthermore, you can adjust that inventory as the availability of ventilators changes within the organization.

  • Your point person will be able to update the inventory through an online portal to show that no ventilators are available. This can be changed at any time as your ability to lend changes.

  • The Cohealo platform has a screen where individual pieces in inventory are marked in use once the ventilator is being used with a patient. Cohealo’s customer service team will work with a designated main point of contact for each health system to keep this information current.

  • No. For now, the DVR is only open to facilities providing ventilators. We will continue to look for opportunities to broaden the reach of the DVR, building on learnings from Phase 1.

  • As requests are made of the DVR, they will be matched against the inventory. When there is a match, you will be notified.

  • Medical equipment intermediaries will handle site-to-site transport between the lender and the requestor.

  • The DVR program will cover the costs of transportation and transit insurance.

  • Yes. This prevents the system from having to upload multiple times and reduces burden during these critical times.

  • Yes. Many DVR participants will have inventory spread across several sites. The program can accommodate serving one request from multiple lender sites.

  • Cohealo has a real-time tracking system in place for equipment.

  • Ventilators will be transported between facilities as needs arise and requests are received. Equipment will not be kept in storage outside of hospitals and health systems.

  • While the DVR will be maintained and managed by the AHA, HHS and FEMA will receive continual updates for situational awareness.

  • The DVR currently has more than 3,000 ventilators and continues to grow.

  • Every participant in the DVR will have insight into the total number of ventilators pledged for sharing by their fellow health systems, including the name and location of the hospital where idle ventilators are located.

Additional Resources

Ventilator Fact Sheet