COVID-19: Ventilator manufacturers unite to form training alliance

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Several of the world’s ventilator manufacturers have formed a Ventilator Training Alliance (VTA) in partnership with Allego to create a mobile app that frontline medical providers can use to access a centralized repository of ventilator training resources.

The manufacturers include Dräger, GE Healthcare, Getinge, Hamilton Medical, Medtronic, Nihon Kohden and Philips, according to a press release. The VTA app—powered by learning and readiness platform provider Allego—connects respiratory therapists, nurses and other medical professionals with ventilator training resources from alliance member companies.

The resources include instructional how-to videos, manuals, troubleshooting guides, and other ventilator-operation expertise critical to helping responders treat patients suffering from COVID-19-related respiratory distress, the release states.

The app is provided at no cost to medical professionals. To download the Ventilator Training Alliance knowledge hub application, visit the Apple App Store or Google Play store, or click here to access the hub from any Web browser. Content on the VTA app can be accessed on iOS and Android device, even in environments with little to no Wi-Fi access, or from a web browser. The app provides healthcare professionals multi-language closed captioning and mobile background audio when multitasking.

Patrick Berges, chair of the VTA and vice president of commercial capabilities, which is part of the Minimally Invasive Therapies Group at Medtronic, says: “We can help overcome this pandemic by collaborating across companies, agencies and industries to deliver smart solutions that add value and reduce stress for frontline healthcare heroes when every minute matters. This training alliance is a great example of that collaborative spirit. Being able to share content from a variety of ventilator manufacturers all in one place ensures that hospitals can quickly access information they may need to accelerate putting life-saving ventilators to use.”

Yuchun Lee, co-founder and CEO of Allego, notes: “The Allego platform was built to give professionals access to learning, content and collaboration in this time of need, and there has never been a greater need for emergency training of medical staff than now. We are honored to partner with these ventilator manufacturers to provide this all-in-one knowledge resource to healthcare staff. Every one of the professionals working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic has become a hero in our eyes.”

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