There is a severe, ongoing shortage of ventilators worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic to care for patients with severe and critical cases.
We are working to design, build and deliver 1 million affordable ventilators to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, using a two-pronged approach to meet short-term and long-term challenges:
NOTICE: Ventilator models posted here are still being designed and vetted by hospitals and medical staff, and have not yet been received regulatory approval. As such, they are not ready for mass-manufacture, distribution, or use.
The Model A ventilator will be a rapid response, low/moderate capacity ventilator that can be deployed for patient transport, operating room settings, or bridge-to-therapy ventilation in healthier patients. It may also be used for certain non-COVID-19 cases, freeing up high-functionality ventilators for severe COVID-19 cases.
The team is building off of existing designs, such as the Rice University design in the video below. Existing low capacity ventilator designs are insufficient for use as they are unresponsive to the patient’s distressed breathing cycle. Our community is working towards innovative solutions to this problem.
The Model B ventilator will be a fully functional ventilator designed for more complex COVID-19 cases. This device will meet stricter regulatory requirements for medical devices, and will be operable in clinical and non-clinical settings.