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a suit that filters the air. Intubation should be done in a room with negative pressure when possible. Last resort The FDA has approved repurposing anesthesia machines for use as ventilators in an emergency-use authorization, intended to increase access to life-saving treatments for COVID-19 patients. Anesthesia machines in use as ventilators require special supervision by proper- ly trained anesthesia professionals in order to ensure patient safety. In the current situation, we are doing things that wouldn't typically be done. Using anesthesia machines as ventilators is one way we are responding during this desperate time to save lives. OSM Dr. McLaughlin (m.mclaughlin@rutgers.edu) is an assistant professor and assistant program director of the Rutgers School of Nursing's Nurse Anesthesia program in Newark, N.J. M A Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 0 3

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