A UCLA Biodesign Grad has developed a working, low-cost ventilator prototype built from parts purchased at Home Depot.
Glen Meyerowitz built the device in a few hours and is hoping it can serve as a proof-of-concept for a low-cost ventilator that could help hospitals with ventilator shortages amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Full-featured ventilators are complex and expensive, costing from $30,000 to $50,000 and requiring dedicated software while Glen’s prototype cost $400.
If further testing and clinical studies yield positive results, the device could have the potential to provide much-needed support in treating patients at scale during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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