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Dräger Supports Frontline Clinicians Battling COVID-19 Through Ventilator Training Alliance

Recognizing the essential role of ventilators in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, and the need for frontline healthcare providers to receive training on this critical equipment asset, Dräger has joined forces with other global ventilator manufacturers to form a Ventilator Training Alliance (VTA).

“At Dräger we are doing everything in our power to support healthcare professionals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said President and CEO for Dräger in North America, Lothar Thielen. “Healthcare professionals treating patients suffering from COVID-19-related respiratory distress are faced with making life-saving decisions regarding ventilation strategies every day. Through our participation in the VTA, Dräger is working collaboratively with other ventilator manufacturers to provide clinicians quick access to the resources they need to save lives.”

Dräger, GE Healthcare, Getinge, Hamilton Medical, Medtronic, Nihon Kohden and Philips have formed this humanitarian training coalition, and partnered with learning and readiness platform provider Allego to create a mobile app that frontline medical providers can use to access a centralized repository of ventilator training resources. As area hospitals share resources on various ventilator models, the need for the VTA app to provide quick technical guidance becomes of paramount importance during the pandemic crisis.

The VTA app – powered by Allego – connects respiratory therapists, nurses and other medical professionals with ventilator training resources from alliance member companies, including instructional how-to videos, quick reference guides, and contact information to ICON (Intensive Care On-line Network) for 24×7 clinical support critical to helping clinicians treat patients suffering from COVID-19-related respiratory distress.

How to Access the Ventilator Training Alliance Hub

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.

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