Case Studies

Due to a shortage of ventilators, groups have begun to modify available breathing machines, such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines to treat Covid-19 patients. CPAP machines, used to treat sleep apnea, are relatively plentiful. Their conversion provides real-world examples of how individuals, private groups, hospital administrators, public health officials are pitching in to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

PPE shortage has led to additional innovation including the use of vaporized hydrogen peroxide to sterilize N95 masks and other PPEs.

convert a CPAP machine to a ventilator

Ventilator SOS

Repurposing Devices for Emergency Use in Local Hospitals

Modified Sleep Apnea Machine

Ventilator SOS is a group of engineers, medical doctors, and industry advisers working with faculty and students at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco to create a streamlined process to adapt these devices for emergency use in local hospitals.

The Ventilator SOS project was launched to urgently assist healthcare workers and patients during the COVID pandemic. It has been a truly collaborative, all-volunteer effort comprised of many different people - all generously donating their time in a spirit of cooperation. Like so many efforts that have arisen from this crisis, it is a small example of what humanity can do and be when we are motivated by compassion to work together for a shared goal.
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Ventilator SOS recognizes the superb efforts of two students at UC Berkeley who gave so valiantly of their time and talents. Undergraduate Yaxuan(X) Sun and PhD student Brian Muldoon both in mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley.

The initial Ventilator SOS kits would not have been possible without generous donations from Bay Area residents and companies, including Bay Sleep Clinic in San Francisco and Air For Life.