Berlin - The Federal Ministry of Health () has bought total of more than 20,000 ventilators from various suppliers. This emerges from the response of the federal government to small request from the FDP parliamentary group.
In view of the increased global demand for ventilators caused by the crisis situation and the limited production capacities, primarily products were ordered that were short-term and were available for Germany in the medium term, explains the federal government in its answer.
Above all, devices were ordered "Which were suitable for the ventilation of COVID19 patients on the basis of initial treatment experiences in China or Italy," it said. The devices are equipped with accessories and consumables for one to ten weeks. In addition, the BMG ordered accessories and consumables for the eight-week operation of around 10,000 ventilation stations.
In addition, each ventilator supplied should be instructed and trained as well as functional test by the manufacturer or an authorized person. In the end, however, the hospitals are responsible for the proper use of the ventilators.
"It must be guaranteed that the statutory provisions of the Medical Devices Act (MPG) are complied with and only qualified and trained personnel use, maintain, process and service ventilators, ”writes the federal government.
According to the answer, the devices were ordered centrally and then the Health ministries assigned to the federal states. They had the task of distributing the devices as needed.