The race to low cost ventilators for COVID-19 began early. The ‘Ambu-Bag’ ventilators, that so many pioneers have showcased both in India and outside, can be traced to a prototype described by MIT Scientists in 2010.
As pandemic grew, we noticed that in the plethora of ventilator new ideas, launch announcements, and low-cost declarations, the information about the durability of the product was not discussed much. In fact, it was this missing link that prompted us to start the Covid India Ventilators initiative.
However there is one exception, and here is their story in short:
The University of Florida Centre of Safety Simulation and Advanced Learning Technologies (UF-CSSALT) was one of the “Open Source” efforts in theUS to develop COVID-19 emergency ventilators. They announced that their prototype, built completely from parts outside the medical devices supply chain, was going to be endurance tested on live cam, aiming to prove a durability of 1 Million Cycles. These guys knew what was important, and they were not afraid of failing in public!
It was indeed a pleasure to read their latest blog post on April 18th, that their test unit on the live cam completed three weeks of continuous operation!
Way to go, UF-CSSALT! You can visit their website here and get more information.
We take encouragement from their success and are working round-the-clock to develop a medical grade ventilator of equal or more reliability via our initiative, and open source the design for the COVID-19 emergency needs.