Makeshift Ventilators

Rice University engineering students working with a Baylor College of Medicine professor develop a bag valve mask compressor to automate the difficult task of feeding fresh air to patients' lungs, often for hours at a time. The device could help save lives in low-resource settings and in emergency situations.

As states across the country beg for ventilators to help patients suffering with respiratory issues from COVID-19, the University of Mississippi Medical Center is building its own makeshift ventilators with supplies found at a hardware store.