University Of Minnesota Doctor Creates Simpler, Cheaper Ventilator - WCCO News
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) As spread of COVID-19 continues throughout the country, demand for medical ventilators could skyrocket.
Many are already expressing concerns about potential shortages, but theres a doctor at the University of Minnesota who says he just created a simpler, cheaper ventilator that could save lives.
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Univeristy of Minnesota Anesthesiology fellow Dr. Steve Richardson started work on his ventilator last Sunday, sourcing equipment and resources from biomedical engineer friends and other private companies.
Within hours of starting, Richardson finished a simple, effective prototype that he is now perfecting.
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Edited to add link to donate: https://crowdfund.umn.edu/?cfpage=project&project_id=35358&t=1585019092
even if Trump is doing his best to kill us,
and won't have the bells and whistles of the existing ventilators. There will still be a market for those (and they can't make them fast enough to sell them anyhow).
But you've forced me into that position. Sadly, I fear that you are correct.
To hell with the people it will help. They have corporate sponsors and share holders to think of..
Trying to steal the design out from under him, patent it first and make a fortune the normal corrupt way......
A guy invents a wrench with a radical new feature. He isn't even employed by Sears in their product design or development. He takes it to Sears and they discount that it is that big a deal, but pay him a trivial amount for his idea, immediately patent it, put it into production. Over the next few years, Sears makes HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS IN PROFITS off that employee's revolutionary designed wrench. Some lawyer and this guy go after Sears. The Jurors awarded him Millions for Sears unscrupulous actions in screwing him over........Sears didn't even bother appealing the judgement.....they merely went on their merry way collecting profits for decades to follow..........
The law firm that represented Sears? Dewey, Fukem, and Howe......
About the size of a cereal box. Genius.
and a rotating accentric to move a piston.
Instead of you squeezing a bag with your hands, the rotating arm squeezes it for you.. Brilliant.
Just hook it up to a O2 supply and your set...This setup probably costs less than $100 to make..
Crank a zillion of these out, and they might even be used in non-hospital settings, alleviating the crunch.
the conflation of passive anesthetic machines with what MOST of the worst-case patients will need--actual assisted mechanical ventilation. The former can surely deliver added oxygen, but only if their lungs are sufficient to breathe on their own with adequate inspiratory efforts and tidal volumes.
I was afraid to watch, but am reassured and happy to see this anesthesiologist doing his best to innovate a solution.
I have no expertise, but find it interesting that this 'quick' solution, could be superior in ways.
that can get these things built in large quantities - they didn't seem to be looking for money. The devices look to be just a few feet of sheet metal, a motor and some valves and clamps.
If you would like to donate resources, supplies, research, manpower or funds to continue this project, visit coventors.com
as well as manufacturing help. Whatever it takes to make these things available quickly.
I'm sure there will be more contributions as the video gets more viewers.
Someone needs to jump on this and make it happen. This is life saving for us over 65ers.
Did not find it. But, website for Andrew M Cuomo has links st the bottom to Twitter and Facebook for him. Or try reaching Chris Cuomo, his brother, at CNN.
At Twitter, he is: NYGovCuomo
At Facebook: GovernorAndrewCuomo
NYS government phone number in Albany:
Please get this to your acquisition folks. This is a recent invention by a group of talented staff at Univ of MN. They were featured on CBS earlier this week.
HERE IS THE INFO ON THE VENTILATOR - In response to Covid-19, the University of Minnesota has built a homemade ventilator. This device represents a rapidly scalable opportunity for healthcare providers to provide life sustaining mechanical ventilation to patients for whom no other option currently exists. The mechanical ventilator is simple to use for ICU-trained medical providers, it is compact (the size of a cereal box) and relatively inexpensive to manufacture and distribute. This device does not require a pressurized oxygen or air supply unlike commercially available mechanical ventilators. He said they could produce thousands in 3 wks if they can get the FDA to approve.
Dr. Richardson acknowledges, "This is not a ventilator that anyone would choose if they had a high-end alternative, but it could be a backup, or its plans could be distributed online so hospitals could build their own."
These ventilators are designed to be used under very specific circumstances, i.e., where bag-valve mask (BVM) ventilation is not contraindicated and where trained medical staff can supervise the machine. If BVM is the only available option due to a shortage of more sophisticated ventilators, this will be an option. Human-administered BVM ventilation is not going to be possible with the expected volume of patients, and with the possible need to ventilate them 24/7 for days.
Hope the governor's staff brings it to his attention quickly. We are desperate. I wonder if contacting Chris Cuomo at CNN would increase the chances that Governor Andrew Cuomo would get the word. Journalists are always seeking new info. Andrew and Chris are brothers, sons of a prior NY governor, Mario Cuomo.
You can reach Chris by entering "Contact Chris Cuomo" in a search. That is the name of a website that allows you to leave him a message. The site requires you to give your contact info.
Another great idea...
Vents work b/c they force in pressurized over oxygenated air in to the lungs. Thats what keeps your blood oxygen levels up. Got to keep the blood 02 up. Very rarely did we just use room air...
If you have access to O2 I say go for it.. if you or yours need it..
I've phoned the WA Health Dept and relayed all the information I had. I've sent my hopes to Dr Richardson that he reach out to NY and WA and other states that are short on ventilators.
If I hear nothing back today, I'm contacting my local paper.
But whatever it takes at this point, the administration will be of no help