The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) holds an inventory of ventilators that can be deployed during a public health emergency if public health and healthcare facilities need supplemental ventilators to care for patients. These stockpiled devices for lifesaving care can be used as a short-term, stop-gap buffer when the immediate supply is not adequate.
The SNS is committed to the proper maintenance of its ventilators to ensure the devices are ready to deploy when needed.
Every ventilator in the SNS is serviced annually by a contracted commercial vendor. This is above and beyond the manufacturer’s two-year service cycle recommendation. Service includes a full functions check, recertification in accordance with the original equipment manufacturer’s service manual, and repairs, if needed.
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