Coronavirus (COVID-19 or nCoV) - Dräger's Important Information during the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak - Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19 or nCoV) - Dräger's Important Information during the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

With the outbreak of the coronavirus in different parts of the world, we at Dräger believe that it is our responsibility to support hospitals and people who need safety and medical equipment in facing this global challenge.

On this page, we would like to answer some of the most frequent questions and show you product and application information about the usage and the reprocessing of Dräger medical devices and safety protection equipment.

Ventilation of Covid-19 ARDS Patients

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Even though there has never been a disease for which so much clinical data has been generated in such a short time as was done in the past year on COVID-19 and related ARDS (CARDS), to date there is still not much hard evidence regarding the question how CARDS is actually different to “classical” ARDS, and if these differences should result into different clinical strategies.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

FAQ: General Questions

What measures is Dräger taking with regard to the corona pandemic?

As a leading global company with the guiding principle “Technology for Life”, human health is our top priority. Our products and services protect, support and save lives. It is precisely in such a situation, that we want to demonstrate this by doing our utmost.

In this context, Dräger has a special role to play in helping maintain the functionality of critical infrastructure (KRITIS) in Germany. The failure or impairment of which would result in lasting supply bottlenecks, significant disruptions to public safety or other drastic consequences. We have therefore issued a certificate to our employees, key suppliers, service providers and transport companies for emergencies, which enables them to remain fully mobile in exceptional situations, subject to compliance with certain conditions, in order to meet our social responsibility.

Our company has a current pandemic plan which is regularly updated and adapted under the direction of our internal company medical service. All schemes for the protection of our employees and for maintaining our operational capability are likewise developed in collaboration with our internal health management, which has received several awards. So a large number of employees are already working exactly where it is operationally necessary and medically justifiable (on site at your premises, in production, logistics and development; on a home office basis).

Thanks to an efficient internal IT department and carefully selected partners for communication technologies, we are able to provide a very large number of employees with a powerful PC workstation with access to all necessary central IT systems, as well as an internet-supported telephony solution. In areas where employees’ physical presence is required, we work with rolling teams and shifts in order to be able to switch to different teams in case of a possible infection of a team member which might also require isolation of other colleagues. In selected areas, we have preparations in place to be able to continue our work with special protective equipment even if corona cases occur.

Please also understand that, in order to protect our own employees – where telephone conferences are not possible – we are holding the required customer meetings and training courses with as few people as possible and avoiding large groups.

Last update: 27.03.2020

How is Dräger meeting the high demand for protective equipment and ventilators?

To meet the high demand for our products, we have already significantly expanded our production capacities in recent weeks. There has been a significant increase in global demand for personal protective equipment, especially FFP masks, half masks, particle filters, safety glasses and protective suits. We produce our masks in Sweden and South Africa. Our production capacities are fully utilised. We naturally have the relevant back-up stocks to cushion short-term fluctuations. However, due to the sharp increase in the number of infections, the amount of orders and enquiries is rising dramatically, so our production capacities are fully utilised and we have to prioritise deliveries/orders accordingly. This we are doing in accordance with our supply mandate, taking into account existing contractual obligations. You will of course appreciate that, despite enormous efforts, it is not always possible to satisfy this exponentially increasing demand directly and immediately.

In our Medical Technology division, we are currently producing almost twice as many ventilators as before. We are working flat out to expand our production capacity even further. Here, the fact that we invested in a future-oriented factory using state-of-the-art industrial production methods several years ago is now paying off. We have agreed with our employees on innovative work organisation and working time models. This gives us the necessary flexibility to respond to the high volume of orders. We particularly appreciate the commitment of our employees and are very grateful for their daily efforts to support our customers in helping others.

In times of pandemic, we at Dräger are doing everything in our power to meet our social responsibility to provide for society – worldwide.  

Last update: 27.03.2020

Does Dräger benefit from this mass disease through increased demand for their products?

Currently there is a sharp increase in the demand for products such as protective clothing and respiratory equipment supplied by Dräger. The demand exceeds our current production capacity. At the present time, it is not possible to judge whether this is in fact a sustained increase in demand or the moving forward of investments that were already planned. 

Last update: 27.03.2020

Is Dräger also affected by the export ban?

With the European Union's Commission Implementing Regulation (2020/402) dated 14 March 2020 regarding the requirement to present an export license when exporting certain products, a licensing requirement was introduced for the export of medical protective equipment to third countries. 

The licensing requirement applies to exports (i.e. deliveries outside the EU). Deliveries within the European Union are not restricted by the regulation.

The national order of 12 March 2020 (BAnz AT 12.03.2020 B1) imposing restrictions on foreign trade in certain goods, which also applied to deliveries within the EU, was lifted in view of the uniform EU procedure.  

The UK continues to be treated as a member of EU during the Brexit transition phase until 31.12.2020.

Last update: 01.04.2020

Useful Content

Overview: How to use this content

Within the following two blocks we have collected the most relevant documents linked to usage and the reprocessing of Dräger medical devices and safety protection equipment. Use the tabs to select a product area and browse relevant application videos, cleaning & reprocessing documents and instructions for use guidelines.

The instructions for use on this website are published for information purposes only. For each product we provide the English instructions for use for the latest software version. Please check the software version of your Dräger device before reading and using the instructions for use on this website.

Please call your local Dräger representative or contact your local Dräger Service if you require other instructions for use for different software or language versions.

Note on the trainer downloads: Due to an obligatory update of the Adobe Flash-Plugin, errors might occur. Please click here for additional instructions if you encounter any issues.

Medical Devices

Oxylog VE300

Oxylog 3000 plus

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Please select from the following:

Device Configurators for V-Class Ventilators

Recommended Device Configurations for V-Class Ventilators

Calculate Consumptions of Dräger Devices

Calculate the gas consumption of your Dräger devices and how long they can be operated with gas cylinders. The consumption calculator for Dräger anaesthesia devices also allows you to estimate the need for soda lime, volatile anaesthetic gases and fresh gas.

Safety Protection

Breathing Masks and Powered Air Purifying Respirators

Handling

X-plore 1300 Product Photo

Dräger X-plore® 1300

Video - How to use

X-plore 1700 Product Photo

Dräger X-plore® 1700

Video - How to use

X-plore 1900 Product Photo

Dräger X-plore® 1900

Video - How to use

X-plore 3500 Product Photo

Dräger X-plore® 3300 / 3500

Video - How to use

X-Plore 8000 Product Photo

Dräger X-plore 8000

Video - How to use

Disinfection / Reuse of FFPs and filters

Statement on disinfection of Filtering Face Pieces
Disinfection of Filtering Face Pieces

Statement on disinfection of Filtering Face Pieces

Statement on disinfection / reuse of respiratory filters
Disinfection / reuse of respiratory filters

Statement on disinfection / reuse of respiratory filters

 Procedures and specifications for cleaning and disinfection of Dräger Personal Protective Equipment Overview Image
Procedures and specifications for cleaning and disinfection of Dräger Personal Protective Equipment

Overview: Procedures and specifications for cleaning and disinfection of Dräger Personal Protective Equipment

Powered Air Purifying Respirators: Filter Performance

General information on powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) approvals with regard to filter performance (PDF)

Powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) approvals regarding filter performance

General information on powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) approvals with regard to filter performance (PDF)

View information sheet (PDF)

Wearing protective equipment alone is no guarantee for protection against bacteria, viruses or biologically-contaminated fluids! Only correct dressing and undressing as well as thorough disinfection, in addition to wearing protective equipment, protects the wearer from possible infection and spread of contamination.

Contact us

Product Related Questions only

Due to the corona crisis we are currently receiving significantly more enquiries. Please use this form only if you have specific questions about handling and reprocessing of the products listed here. For other enquiries please use our general contact form. 

Press & Media Contact

Melanie Kamann
- Spokeswoman -
Tel.: +49 451 882-3202
Fax: +49 451 882-3944
E-Mail: melanie.kamann@draeger.com

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