Author: Neil Thanedar

Video: One Month Update

On March 17, 2020, exactly a month ago today, I posted the 1 Million Ventilators project on helpwithcovid.com. I never imagined how quickly people would organize from all over the world to support our mission of ensuring everyone access to safe effective medical devices.

From Prototypes to Production

Model A+ designs are simple ventilator prototypes with a few key upgrades including alarms and pressure sensors to assist health professionals and streamlined designs to accelerate manufacturing cycles. Model B designs are a new type of ventilator created for global scale. They’re almost as cheap as the Model As ($500 vs. $150), and they have almost as […]

Why don’t we have enough ventilators?

First, why can’t the existing ventilator manufacturers just make more ventilators? The current generation of FDA-approved ventilators are too expensive and too complex: Medtronic normally makes 300 ventilators per week of its best ventilator. They’re rushing to maximize production capacity, which is only 1000/week by June. Each of these ventilators requires 765 unique parts and […]

1 Million Ventilators

This post was originally published on helpwithcovid.com. In a pandemic, the limited existing ventilator supply and stockpile should be reserved for treating the most critical life-threatening cases. We need to create an emergency ventilator that can be used for millions of minor cases, including patients who require long-term (15-30 day) ventilation on recovery. There are […]