As a global leader in respiratory medicine, ResMed stands with the world in the face of the latest coronavirus disease COVID-19 and is ready to help mitigate its effects, helping people breathe while their immune system fights this virus. More than 7,500 ResMedians are working in over 140 countries for this purpose. We are working with governments, health authorities, hospitals, physicians, and patients worldwide to assess their needs, and to deliver the ventilation therapy that is essential to treat the respiratory complications of COVID-19. Our primary focus is to maximize the availability of ResMed ventilators and other respiratory support devices for the patients that need them most.
As global leaders in digital health, we’re proud that many of our ventilators and bilevel respiratory devices are cloud-connected, enabling physicians and respiratory specialists to remotely monitor their patients. There could not be a clearer case for the use of digital health and remote monitoring of patients than this current crisis with a virus that is so contagious stemming from direct human contact.
I’m grateful to our global team for working through today’s challenges to help treat an increasing number of COVID-19 patients. I’d like to call out first-responder ResMedians in China’s Hubei province, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, in particular one ResMed hero who, since early January, has donned a positive pressure hazmat suit, and helped set up thousands of people on ResMed ventilators and ResMed masks. There are also 100-plus ResMedians from Malaysia who in mid-March volunteered to keep working in our Singapore manufacturing plant when Malaysia closed its borders, relocating to live near our plant in Singapore, spending weeks away from their families, so they can continue to produce as many lifesaving ventilators and ventilation masks as possible.
ResMed is taking every measure possible worldwide to maximize the production of ventilators, masks, and other respiratory devices. We are looking to double or triple the output of ventilators, and scale up ventilation mask production more than tenfold. Our team is also taking precautions such as a work-from-home policy for all employees who can do that, social distancing, and ensuring world-class quality, safety, good manufacturing practices, and top-level hygiene procedures at our manufacturing, service, and distribution centers to help ensure quality, safety, and business continuity.
Below you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about ResMed products and links to leading advice from experts on health and safety. This information is changing rapidly; we encourage you to check back regularly for updates.
I urge all of us to do our part to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, whether that is self-quarantining, working from home, sheltering in place, or just staying healthy for our families, particularly the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
Let me close with this: I would like to personally thank the front-line clinical heroes – many thousands of respiratory therapists, respiratory nurses, pulmonary and critical care medicine physicians, as well as hospital and clinical staff who set up our ventilators and masks for patients in need and deliver the lifesaving gift of breath... You are the superheroes of this COVID-19 crisis, and we salute you!
Non-invasive ventilation therapy device with invasive capabilities for non-dependent patients
Invasive and non-invasive ventilation therapy device for less dependent to fully dependent patients.
Astral provides mobile non-invasive and invasive ventilation to support daily living for less-dependent to fully dependent patients (>5kg)* in need of acute and/or long-term care. Astral features a variety of modes, circuits and interfaces to treat a wide range of conditions.
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Portable non-invasive ventilator series with invasive capabilities for non-dependent patients (>13kg)* who have changing needs or progressive respiratory conditions. Stellar features customisable therapy options to deliver quality ventilation that’s tailored to your needs.
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Non-invasive ventilator series providing personalised support to non-dependent patients (>13kg)* with respiratory insufficiencies such as COPD. Lumis series ventilators stay in sync with your breathing and feature technologies designed to manage mask leak.
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ResMed manufactures a range of ventilators and bilevel devices; both are indicated for home and hospital use, and have the flexibility for use in various clinical scenarios to support patients with respiratory insufficiency and failure. Our ventilators can provide invasive or non-invasive ventilation:
If a patient has been tested and diagnosed with COVID-19, they need to follow the recommendation of the healthcare professional that provided the diagnosis. The therapy required to treat the worst cases of COVID-19 is very complex and requires medical expertise and clinically trained staff to administer it. The healthcare professional has the expertise to decide what kind of therapy is required for each individual.
Information is changing daily, but the latest we’ve seen suggests that:
For each ResMed device, cleaning and disinfection procedures are provided in the device’s associated clinical guide, user guide, or service manual.
There is little information available on reprocessing requirements for equipment used in treating COVID-19 patients. The following information is based on research that has been conducted on similar viruses, and some limited data on COVID-19.
Published guidance from health authorities reinforces the need to maintain standard cleaning and disinfection procedures. To prevent cross-contamination, antibacterial filters are used on air intake and breathing tubes, and tube accessories are replaced or sterilized by the staff in the care setting. Instructions are provided on the materials and method for cleaning surfaces. Surface disinfection procedures with 62–71% ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide, or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite have been shown to reduce SARS coronavirus infectivity within one minute.
Yes. ResMed already has strict safety protocols for handling returned medical equipment. We follow those protocols to safely receive, repair, and dispose of returned equipment if necessary. Please contact our Customer Care team on 1800 991 900 if you have any questions or concerns about sending your patient’s device, mask, or accessory back to a ResMed Authorised Service Centre.
Recommendations on disinfection processes for our therapy devices can be found in the device’s associated clinical or disinfection guide.
A CPAP machine is an effective therapy device for treating sleep apnea. CPAP use doesn’t prevent patients from contracting COVID-19.
CPAP devices are designed to provide PAP (positive airway pressure) therapy only. Regular use of a CPAP machine (if your patient has been prescribed one) will help them stay healthy and alert, which is especially important during this time. ResMed does manufacture and sell a range of ventilation devices. For more information click here.
A patient’s CPAP device has been prescribed for personal use only and cannot be used by more than one person without following a disinfection protocol set forth in our clinical guide. A CPAP machine is used to treat sleep apnea.
Coronavirus doesn’t change their sleep apnea diagnosis – or their need to continue using CPAP therapy. They should continue to use their CPAP machine because a full night’s sleep benefits their overall health. If a patient has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they need to follow the medical advice from their healthcare provider.
If a patient is being treated for COVID-19, they should share with their doctor or clinical team their pre-existing conditions and what devices they are already using and follow their advice. As described by the World Health Organization, the key risk for spreading COVID-19 is person-to-person transmission in close contact. The most important advice in controlling the spread of COVID-19 is washing your hands, good hygiene, and social distancing. Maintaining the cleanliness of their ResMed device according to the user guide is always a good practice to reduce infection risk to anyone else from any contaminated surfaces.
A CPAP machine is only intended to treat sleep apnea.
Patients are not at higher risk of catching COVID-19 if they use a CPAP device. Patients should ask their medical professional for more specific information about their concern.
Disinfection processes for our therapy devices and masks can be found in the device’s associated clinical or disinfection guide or in our mask’s associated disinfection guide.
If a patient wishes to clean their CPAP machine, the device’s user guide explains how to clean it on a weekly basis. For detailed instructions on how to clean their mask and tubing, please refer them to the device’s user guide, and the following steps:
Please note: Cleaning any device or mask in the manner recommended in the product’s user guide does not guarantee decontamination or disinfection.
As stated in our clinical and user guides, *optimal* humidifier performance requires distilled water. That’s because most or all of its minerals have been removed, preventing mineral buildup in the humidifier tub. That said, tap or bottled water may also be used. It will not harm the device or pose a risk to patients. It will, however, require more rigorous humidifier cleaning to prevent excess mineral buildup in the tub.
Yes, all Chinese-made components for ResMed products are safe for use, and all components received at a ResMed manufacturing facility go through rigorous safety, cleanliness, and quality checks before manufacturing – processes designed to safeguard against such health threats as COVID-19.