In a great example of what can happen when smart-alecky, technically-oriented beings come together in a time of need, an open-source hardware project started by a group including Irish entrepreneur Colin Keogh and Breeze Automation CEO and co-founder Gui Calavanti has rendered a prototype ventilator consuming 3D-printed parts and readily available, inexpensive material. The ventilator prototype was designed and produced in really seven days, after the project spun up on Facebook and allured participation from over 300 designers, medical professionals and researchers.
The prototype will now enter into a validation process by the Irish Health Assistance Executive( HSE ), the country’s health regulatory torso. This will technically only validate it for use in Ireland, which ironically gazes relatively well-stocked for ventilator equipment, but it will be a key stamp of approval that could pave the way for its deployment across countries where there are shortages, including low-income nations.
Ventilator hardware in the U.S. is also likely to encounter shortages, depending on the progress of coronavirus spread in their respective countries. On Wednesday, the White House ordained the Defense Production Act, which provides broad dominances to the chairman for redirecting the documentation and private corporation production capacity to building much-needed supplies and equipment in a time of crisis.
During Wednesday’s White House briefing on the present COVID-1 9 situation, U.S. VP Mike Pence said that there are only 10,000 ventilators in the country’s tactical earmark, which, while it doesn’t take into account the stock of equipment in hospitals or healthcare equipment around the country, likely won’t address the overall needs of medical professionals in case some of the more serious juttings about the infection come true.
The project could be one way to help address the shortfall, together with commitments by automakers including GM, Ford and Tesla to produce ventilator material should the need arise.
The group behind the ventilator also recently reformed the main points of their Facebook community, renaming different groups from the Open Source Ventilator Project to the Open Source COVID1 9 Medical Supplies community. They’re looking at expanding their focus to finding ways to cheaply and effectively build and validate other needed rig, including protective gear like masks, sanitizer and protective face guards for front-line healthcare workers.
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