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mzmolly

(50,978 posts)
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:08 PM Mar 2020

University Of Minnesota Doctor Creates Simpler, Cheaper Ventilator - WCCO News

Last edited Mon Mar 23, 2020, 11:46 PM - Edit history (1)

https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/03/22/u-of-m-cardiac-anesthesia-fellow-creates-simple-cheaper-ventilator/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As spread of COVID-19 continues throughout the country, demand for medical ventilators could skyrocket.

Many are already expressing concerns about potential shortages, but there’s a doctor at the University of Minnesota who says he just created a simpler, cheaper ventilator that could save lives.

Related: Coronavirus Resources

Univeristy of Minnesota Anesthesiology fellow Dr. Steve Richardson started work on his ventilator last Sunday, sourcing equipment and resources from biomedical engineer friends and other private companies.

Within hours of starting, Richardson finished a simple, effective prototype that he is now perfecting.




More at link above.

Edited to add link to donate: https://crowdfund.umn.edu/?cfpage=project&project_id=35358&t=1585019092
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University Of Minnesota Doctor Creates Simpler, Cheaper Ventilator - WCCO News (Original Post) mzmolly Mar 2020 OP
The mother of invention... People are rising to the occasion The Velveteen Ocelot Mar 2020 #1
Thank goodness, mzmolly Mar 2020 #2
My thoughts exactly. paleotn Mar 2020 #5
You can bet the traditional ventilator companies are lobbying FDA right now to delay approval. Hoyt Mar 2020 #3
Ugh. mzmolly Mar 2020 #4
This device probably is intended only for emergency use, The Velveteen Ocelot Mar 2020 #13
I don't want to be cynical customerserviceguy Mar 2020 #29
Exactly!! This would cut into their profits and that simply won't do.......... mitch96 Mar 2020 #34
OR: DENVERPOPS Mar 2020 #44
"Normal corrupt way." LOL Hoyt Mar 2020 #48
Look no farther than Sears DENVERPOPS Mar 2020 #50
THIS malaise Mar 2020 #59
More about the device here: The Velveteen Ocelot Mar 2020 #6
Isn't it? mzmolly Mar 2020 #7
can use ambient air ! dweller Mar 2020 #10
Thank you for the link MustLoveBeagles Mar 2020 #15
This thing is a hoot!! It uses a common hospital manual ventilator aka a AMBU bag... mitch96 Mar 2020 #39
This is a game changer and KISS totally applies Brother Buzz Mar 2020 #60
K&R for visibility. nt tblue37 Mar 2020 #8
Hey, Dr. Richardson Leghorn21 Mar 2020 #9
Thank heavens, this is an ACTUAL MECHANICAL VENTILATOR. I am so frustrated with the hlthe2b Mar 2020 #11
I'm glad to hear it. mzmolly Mar 2020 #12
Air in and out in a rythmn? Laura PourMeADrink Mar 2020 #30
K&R MustLoveBeagles Mar 2020 #14
Thank you to all our quiet unseen hero's. 42bambi Mar 2020 #16
Get thee to Bloomberg! He could fund the project. Anyway we can get Mike's ear? KewlKat Mar 2020 #17
Good question. mzmolly Mar 2020 #18
According to the video they are looking for manufacturing partners The Velveteen Ocelot Mar 2020 #20
In the article it did mention funds as well. KewlKat Mar 2020 #21
They are definitely looking for donations - see link below: scarletwoman Mar 2020 #24
Missed that. I'm sure they'd be glad for contributions The Velveteen Ocelot Mar 2020 #25
?? Only $1000 raised Laura PourMeADrink Mar 2020 #28
This just went up - the doctor just made the thing over the weekend. The Velveteen Ocelot Mar 2020 #31
Just tweeted. Thanks!!. Laura PourMeADrink Mar 2020 #33
Thank you for sharing this. mzmolly Mar 2020 #36
Cool! (nt) scarletwoman Mar 2020 #40
K&r KewlKat Mar 2020 #19
You know what he and the team should get the Nobel Prize....................... turbinetree Mar 2020 #22
I emailed Gov Inslee and will try to find info to email Gov Cuomo KewlKat Mar 2020 #23
Awesome! mzmolly Mar 2020 #32
I looked for email for Cuomo. wnylib Mar 2020 #43
I just sent a message thru that FB account. KewlKat Mar 2020 #54
Thank you on behalf of us here in NY. wnylib Mar 2020 #61
Wonderful! Thank you! scarletwoman Mar 2020 #26
Thank you! mzmolly Mar 2020 #35
I'm glad you found your password! scarletwoman Mar 2020 #38
Awww thank you! mzmolly Mar 2020 #41
Ditto what Scarletwoman said dflprincess Mar 2020 #45
Trump will try to get exclusive rights to it. wnylib Mar 2020 #27
Yep. He'll pay billions of tax dollars for it, and sit on it. C Moon Mar 2020 #37
Catch and Kill??? The Bio Medical Lobby is probably having a fit.. nt mitch96 Mar 2020 #42
Give the good doctor the Medal of Freedom BlueIdaho Mar 2020 #46
Kick Laura PourMeADrink Mar 2020 #47
Kick for crowdfund source in OP KewlKat Mar 2020 #49
Another low cost ventilator from Whales. took 'em three days to build mitch96 Mar 2020 #51
It looks more like a CPAP machine? I know I have two and if we have to, we'll use them for us KewlKat Mar 2020 #53
Sounds good and where are you gonna get the oxygen? mitch96 Mar 2020 #56
I've not given up on this invention. I've sent info to the governors offices in WA and NY. KewlKat Mar 2020 #52
That's amazing! mzmolly Mar 2020 #58
looks a little medieval krawhitham Mar 2020 #55
they keep changing it up each day. Last I heard they're on version 4 KewlKat Mar 2020 #57

The Velveteen Ocelot

(115,552 posts)
13. This device probably is intended only for emergency use,
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:29 PM
Mar 2020

and won't have the bells and whistles of the existing ventilators. There will still be a market for those (and they can't make them fast enough to sell them anyhow).

customerserviceguy

(25,183 posts)
29. I don't want to be cynical
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 11:29 PM
Mar 2020

But you've forced me into that position. Sadly, I fear that you are correct.

mitch96

(13,869 posts)
34. Exactly!! This would cut into their profits and that simply won't do..........
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 11:40 PM
Mar 2020

To hell with the people it will help. They have corporate sponsors and share holders to think of..
fuckers..
m

DENVERPOPS

(8,785 posts)
44. OR:
Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:20 AM
Mar 2020

Trying to steal the design out from under him, patent it first and make a fortune the normal corrupt way......

DENVERPOPS

(8,785 posts)
50. Look no farther than Sears
Tue Mar 24, 2020, 02:03 PM
Mar 2020

A guy invents a wrench with a radical new feature. He isn't even employed by Sears in their product design or development. He takes it to Sears and they discount that it is that big a deal, but pay him a trivial amount for his idea, immediately patent it, put it into production. Over the next few years, Sears makes HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS IN PROFITS off that employee's revolutionary designed wrench. Some lawyer and this guy go after Sears. The Jurors awarded him Millions for Sears unscrupulous actions in screwing him over........Sears didn't even bother appealing the judgement.....they merely went on their merry way collecting profits for decades to follow..........

The law firm that represented Sears? Dewey, Fukem, and Howe......

mitch96

(13,869 posts)
39. This thing is a hoot!! It uses a common hospital manual ventilator aka a AMBU bag...
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 11:49 PM
Mar 2020

and a rotating accentric to move a piston.
Instead of you squeezing a bag with your hands, the rotating arm squeezes it for you.. Brilliant.
Just hook it up to a O2 supply and your set...This setup probably costs less than $100 to make..
m

Brother Buzz

(36,361 posts)
60. This is a game changer and KISS totally applies
Wed Mar 25, 2020, 04:44 PM
Mar 2020

Crank a zillion of these out, and they might even be used in non-hospital settings, alleviating the crunch.

hlthe2b

(102,085 posts)
11. Thank heavens, this is an ACTUAL MECHANICAL VENTILATOR. I am so frustrated with the
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:21 PM
Mar 2020

the conflation of passive anesthetic machines with what MOST of the worst-case patients will need--actual assisted mechanical ventilation. The former can surely deliver added oxygen, but only if their lungs are sufficient to breathe on their own with adequate inspiratory efforts and tidal volumes.

I was afraid to watch, but am reassured and happy to see this anesthesiologist doing his best to innovate a solution.

mzmolly

(50,978 posts)
12. I'm glad to hear it.
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:24 PM
Mar 2020

I have no expertise, but find it interesting that this 'quick' solution, could be superior in ways.

The Velveteen Ocelot

(115,552 posts)
20. According to the video they are looking for manufacturing partners
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:53 PM
Mar 2020

that can get these things built in large quantities - they didn't seem to be looking for money. The devices look to be just a few feet of sheet metal, a motor and some valves and clamps.

KewlKat

(5,624 posts)
21. In the article it did mention funds as well.
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:57 PM
Mar 2020

If you would like to donate resources, supplies, research, manpower or funds to continue this project, visit coventors.com

The Velveteen Ocelot

(115,552 posts)
25. Missed that. I'm sure they'd be glad for contributions
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 11:21 PM
Mar 2020

as well as manufacturing help. Whatever it takes to make these things available quickly.

The Velveteen Ocelot

(115,552 posts)
31. This just went up - the doctor just made the thing over the weekend.
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 11:31 PM
Mar 2020

I'm sure there will be more contributions as the video gets more viewers.

KewlKat

(5,624 posts)
23. I emailed Gov Inslee and will try to find info to email Gov Cuomo
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 11:12 PM
Mar 2020

Someone needs to jump on this and make it happen. This is life saving for us over 65ers.

wnylib

(21,298 posts)
43. I looked for email for Cuomo.
Mon Mar 23, 2020, 11:54 PM
Mar 2020

Did not find it. But, website for Andrew M Cuomo has links st the bottom to Twitter and Facebook for him. Or try reaching Chris Cuomo, his brother, at CNN.

At Twitter, he is: NYGovCuomo

At Facebook: GovernorAndrewCuomo

NYS government phone number in Albany:
518.474.8390

KewlKat

(5,624 posts)
54. I just sent a message thru that FB account.
Wed Mar 25, 2020, 02:53 PM
Mar 2020

Please get this to your acquisition folks. This is a recent invention by a group of talented staff at Univ of MN. They were featured on CBS earlier this week.

HERE IS THE INFO ON THE VENTILATOR - In response to Covid-19, the University of Minnesota has built a homemade ventilator. This device represents a rapidly scalable opportunity for healthcare providers to provide life sustaining mechanical ventilation to patients for whom no other option currently exists. The mechanical ventilator is simple to use for ICU-trained medical providers, it is compact (the size of a cereal box) and relatively inexpensive to manufacture and distribute. This device does not require a pressurized oxygen or air supply unlike commercially available mechanical ventilators. He said they could produce thousands in 3 wks if they can get the FDA to approve.



Dr. Richardson acknowledges, "This is not a ventilator that anyone would choose if they had a high-end alternative, but it could be a backup, or its plans could be distributed online so hospitals could build their own."

These ventilators are designed to be used under very specific circumstances, i.e., where bag-valve mask (BVM) ventilation is not contraindicated and where trained medical staff can supervise the machine. If BVM is the only available option due to a shortage of more sophisticated ventilators, this will be an option. Human-administered BVM ventilation is not going to be possible with the expected volume of patients, and with the possible need to ventilate them 24/7 for days.

wnylib

(21,298 posts)
61. Thank you on behalf of us here in NY.
Wed Mar 25, 2020, 06:01 PM
Mar 2020

Hope the governor's staff brings it to his attention quickly. We are desperate. I wonder if contacting Chris Cuomo at CNN would increase the chances that Governor Andrew Cuomo would get the word. Journalists are always seeking new info. Andrew and Chris are brothers, sons of a prior NY governor, Mario Cuomo.

You can reach Chris by entering "Contact Chris Cuomo" in a search. That is the name of a website that allows you to leave him a message. The site requires you to give your contact info.

mitch96

(13,869 posts)
56. Sounds good and where are you gonna get the oxygen?
Wed Mar 25, 2020, 03:01 PM
Mar 2020

Vents work b/c they force in pressurized over oxygenated air in to the lungs. Thats what keeps your blood oxygen levels up. Got to keep the blood 02 up. Very rarely did we just use room air...
If you have access to O2 I say go for it.. if you or yours need it..
m

KewlKat

(5,624 posts)
52. I've not given up on this invention. I've sent info to the governors offices in WA and NY.
Wed Mar 25, 2020, 02:49 PM
Mar 2020

I've phoned the WA Health Dept and relayed all the information I had. I've sent my hopes to Dr Richardson that he reach out to NY and WA and other states that are short on ventilators.

If I hear nothing back today, I'm contacting my local paper.

Fingers crossed.

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