Technology Startups, Entrepreneurs and Scientist have started open source initiatives or even new companies to fight the Covid19 Pandemic. Startups have faster innovation capability. Startups are more agile than big pharma incumbents. Startups have a culture of experimentation, trial and error and risk-taking.
We are expecting a shortage of mechanical breathing assistance for severe COVID-19 patients.
To save the lives of people who will not have access to a breathing apparatus, the goal of self-made Ventilators is to make it possible to construct your own Ventilator using locally-available or standard parts.
Why it matters?
Even in places with fewer than 100 confirmed cases, the doubling speed of infection is every 2 days, which means if there are 20 confirmed cases now, there will be 327,000 in 28 days. (20 * 2^(28/2) If you account for the fact that the virus may have started spreading 10 days before the first confirmed case, then that number is 300 million, effectively saturating the population.
The theoretical maximum being described is 70% of the population.
It’s expected that 1% of cases will need mechanical breathing assistance, and in many countries there are only ~1,000 of those machines available.
Disclaimer: Non-FDA approved. All of these product are not-FDA approved and prototypes. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Use it at your own risk. Only for educational purposes.
Mascorro Ventilator Project
Marco Mascorro started to build a low costs pandemic ventilator with off the shelve parts, items which you can buy on amazon only.
This simple Covid19 ventilator design has no controller (no Arduino, Raspberry PI, PLC, nor microcontroller). Just relays and switches. It needs to be simple. Back to the basics.
The goal of DIY Ventilator is to connect independently and self-direct to design and test prototypes in short sessions. In some cases small interdisciplinary groups make sense, so create online video chat sessions where they do their own mini hackathon in order to generate concepts, or progress them through prototype and testing. DIY Ventilator will act as support and facilitation.
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Pandemic Ventilator Project
Design for a Positive Pressure Pandemic Ventilator. https://panvent.blogspot.com/
MIT Students $100 Ventilator
A group of MIT mechanical engineering students took such an approach in developing their new low-cost ventilator, a plastic-encased manual pump that looks like a project out of the pages of Make Magazine, but performs with the precision of a medical device.
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