Frequently Asked Questions



Updated 8/27/2020

  • The Dynamic Ventilator Reserve is a public-private collaboration 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 COVID-19 pandemic is affecting regions of the country unevenly. Ventilator equipment may sit idle in some areas with lower infection rates while other areas are stretched beyond capacity. Many of the surplus ventilators in stockpiles today are also not the type in highest demand from hospitals. The reach and breadth of membership of the AHA uniquely positions the DVR to make timely and appropriate matches when need arises.

  • The inventory now lists approximately 3,000 ventilators — with more added daily — from over 1,000 individual hospitals across the entire United States.

  • There is no restriction according to AHA membership.

  • Each health system must identify and register a minimum of 20 ventilators for use in the DVR.

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

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

  • Participants can update the inventory through an online portal to show that no ventilators are available. This can be changed at any time.

  • Participants can view where individual pieces in inventory are marked in use once the ventilator is being used with a patient.

  • Every participant in the DVR has insight into the total number of ventilators pledged for sharing by their fellow health systems.

  • As requests are made of the DVR, they are matched against the inventory. The AHA then sends notification when there is a match.

  • Medical equipment intermediaries handle site-to-site transport.

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

  • This is highly recommended, as it prevents systems from having to upload multiple times and reduces burden during these critical times.

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

  • 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 updates for situational awareness.