The Syneos Health Podcast

CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL EDITION, Episode 5: Surviving the Ventilator Shortage

March 24, 2020 Jeffrey Stewart, Dr. Keith Robinson
The Syneos Health Podcast
CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL EDITION, Episode 5: Surviving the Ventilator Shortage
Show Notes

A critical shortage of mechanical ventilators is anticipated in many countries, including the United States, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A potential emergency solution would be the use of bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP). BiPAP may be used in the hospital setting with appropriate precautions for intubated COVID-19 patients experiencing Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Use of invasive BiPAP on an emergency basis may delay or obviate the need for mechanical ventilation in appropriate COVID-19 patients.

In this episode for physicians on the front lines treating patients with COVID-19, Keith Robinson, MD, a critical care pulmonologist at Syneos Health, discusses how, when, and in which patients, the use of BiPAP can potentially be used in place of mechanical ventilators. 

For more information on this solution, download the full white paper. And to learn more about the Syneos Health Ventilator Initiative, visit

Stay tuned for more installments of the Coronavirus Special Edition Series, which will explore, from an operational standpoint, the impact of COVID-19 on the biopharma industry, the challenges for rapid R&D in an outbreak environment, and the opportunities to leverage technology and innovation to address these critical issues. Additional materials and insights can also be found in our COVID-19 Resource Center.

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* This episode was recorded on 3/22/2020.