Modified Sleep Apnea Machines May Ease the Ventilator Crunch

Apr 10, 2020

Rice University Engineering Automated Breathing Bag

A Wired article highlights the scramble to meet a shortage of ventilators for Covid-19 patients by hospital administrators and public health officials.

The article also points out "a bubbling medical debate among physicians over whether too many coronavirus patients are being placed on traditional ventilators that some argue may do more harm than good."

The ventilator shortage has also attracted novel designs that still must get approval from the FDA before being used on patients. Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital along with UC Berkeley engineering students have developed CPAP to ventilator conversion machines while a Mississippi doctor and Rice University engineering students each designed automated breathing bag on the cheap to be used if supplies run thin.