Some hospitals breathing easier after Musk makes good on ventilator promise


Tesla is starting to distribute the promised ventilators and medical supplies to hospitals that need them to treat coronavirus patients. 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on March 25 that he would redirect Tesla to start making much-needed hospital supplies like face masks and ventilators. Hospitals in the UCLA Health network and the NYC Health and Hospitals Network have so far received donations from Tesla. 

It seems like Musk is prioritizing New York hospitals as the city has the highest numbers of confirmed coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, in the country. Musk tweeted on Tuesday, March 31 that Tesla will ship the FDA-approved ventilators completely for free within the company’s delivery regions near their factories.

New York to receive 1000 ventilators donated by China and 140 ventilators lent by Oregon


Billionaires working with the Chinese government have facilitated ventilator donations to New York to treat patients with Covid-19, as the pandemic accelerates toward a peak in the worst-hit US state.

As New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced the news.  Cuomo said he had obtained 1,000 ventilators from the Chinese government with the help of billionaires Joseph and Clara Tsai and Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Oregon had loaned New York another 140, he said.

MIT Is Sharing Designs for a $500 Emergency Ventilator


Considering there are only about 160,000 ventilators in U.S. hospitals, and there are already over 144,000 cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) as of press time, the country will soon feel the shortage of these life-saving devices as doctors make decisions about who gets a breathing machine and who doesn’t. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects the U.S. to have a ventilator shortage on the order of 300,000 to 700,000 units.

Now, volunteer engineers, physicians, and computer scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have a potential solution that should only cost about $400 to $500 in parts to produce. MIT plans to make these designs available online for free to help companies around the world shift to ventilator production.

Now, the new team is rapidly expanding that work to create a real-life ventilator solution. The design makes use of an unlikely hero: the Ambu resuscitation bags commonly found in hospitals. Emergency technicians or medical professionals hand-operate these bags to create airflow to the lungs until a ventilator becomes available. A tube is inserted into the person’s throat, while the trained professional squeezes and releases the flexible pouch.

Tesla plans to supply FDA-approved ventilators free of cost: Musk


Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday the company has extra FDA-approved ventilators to be shipped free of cost to hospitals within regions where the electric carmaker delivers.

“Device & shipping cost are free. Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse. Please me or @Tesla know,” Musk said in a tweet

Ford will make 50,000 ventilators in the next 100 days to meet critical coronavirus pandemic demand


On Monday, Ford said that it would make 50,000 ventilators over 100-day period, starting April 20, to meet critical demand driven by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Ford has partnered with GE Healthcare to produce a simplified type of ventilator, GE/Airon Model A-E. It operates using air pressure and doesn’t require electricity. The ventilator design has been FDA-approved since 2004 and sells for $7,000. GE Healthcare intends to license the device and secure its approval for manufacture by Ford, and ther automaker will serve as a contract manufacturer.

Ford said it would make the ventilators at its Rawsonville Components Plant in Michigan. It could ramp up production to 30,000 units per month, as needed.

Ventilator Challenge UK to start production in Covid-19 fight

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A group of British manufacturers will begin producing medical ventilators for the NHS this week, under the twin codenames Project Oyster and Project Penguin, after the government ordered 10,000 of the devices to treat coronavirus patients.

Ventilator Challenge UK, a consortium of 14 firms including Airbus and Rolls-Royce, is expected to say that it has secured a formal order for two types of machine.

The government has 8,175 ventilators but has turned to British industry to help produce 30,000 in a matter of weeks, to combat an expected surge in new cases.

Ventec Life Systems and GM Partner to Mass Produce Critical Care Ventilators in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

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Ventec Life Systems announced today General Motors will build VOCSN critical care ventilators at GM’s Kokomo, Indiana manufacturing facility with FDA-cleared ventilators scheduled to ship as soon as next month.  GM will also begin manufacturing FDA-cleared Level 1 surgical masks at its Warren, Michigan manufacturing facility. Production will begin next week and within two weeks ramp up to 50,000 masks per day, with the potential to increase to 100,000 per day.

Turning windscreen wiper motors into emergency ventilators


A group of Spanish innovators is attempting to alleviate the Covid-19 ventilator crisis by developing an ultra-simple machine that uses a car windscreen-wiper motor to turn a manual resuscitation bag into automated breathing aid.  The first devices could be made available to Spanish hospitals within days, with car manufacturer Seat standing by to start producing them in volume, as soon as they have passed initial safety tests.

Prisma Health says it’s developed a way to make 1 ventilator work for 4 coronavirus patients

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Prisma Health said Wednesday that it has developed a device that will allow one ventilator to be used on four patients suffering from the coronavirus.   Ventilators are an important part of treating people suffering with the respiratory infection. And a shortage of ventilators has been a concern of health leaders dealing with the virus.  Officials said that the device, called the VESper, or ventilation expansion splitter, has been approved by the FDA for emergency use authorization.