Coronavirus: NHS asks vets to donate animal ventilators

25 March 2020 – BBC News

The NHS has asked vets to provide animal ventilators to help tackle an anticipated shortage of the machines for coronavirus patients.

There are an estimated 300-400 animal ventilators currently in use in the UK and those designed for animals larger than a dog but smaller than a horse would be suitable for treating people, according to experts.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists (AVA) are helping co-ordinate a nationwide stock-take of compatible or modifiable equipment, such as ventilators and oxygen concentrators.

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