A Rapidly Manufacturable, Open-Source Ventilator for Austere Conditions

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Identifier rapidly_manufacturable_open-source_ventilator_austere_conditions
Title A Rapidly Manufacturable, Open-Source Ventilator for Austere Conditions
Creator Kuck, K. U of U Health Key Faculty Collaborators: Brewer, L.; Fassl, B.; Orr, J.A.; Petelenz, T. J.; Sakata, D.J. Anesthesiology. School of Medicine. University of Utah Health.
Subject Diffusion of Innovation; Ventilators, Mechanical; Noninvasive Ventilation; Equipment Design; Medically Underserved Area; Knowledge Discovery
Keyword Immunology, Inflammation, Infectious Disease
Image Caption The Pufferfish is a complete intensive care unit ventilator that can be rapidly and inexpensively manufactured in low-resource environments.
Description At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, severe ventilator shortages led to dire situations both in developed regions and in low-resource regions where robust and affordable ventilators were already scarce. To address this urgent need, University of Utah Health researcher Kai Kuck, PhD, and colleagues developed Pufferfish, a complete intensive care unit ventilator capable of supporting the continuum from noninvasive ventilation to full mechanical ventilation. Development focused on rapid and low-cost local manufacturability, clinical usefulness, and versatility in austere environments. Pufferfish's design is shared under open-source licenses, empowering local groups to address community needs on their own. This collaboration among the University of Utah, Stanford University, and Brown University expanded to include partners from Nepal, Kenya, and India. An initial version focusing on noninvasive ventilation is currently undergoing clinical testing and preparation for regulatory approval in Kenya, Nepal, and India, while an industrial partner in India is preparing for scaled production. Successful development of this ventilator has the potential to significantly improve mechanical ventilation support and expand critical care resources in austere and low-resource regions.
Relation is Part of 2020
Publisher Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah
Date Digital 2021
Date 2020
Type Image
Format application/pdf
Rights Management Copyright © 2021, University of Utah, All Rights Reserved
Language eng
ARK ark:/87278/s6dp0506
References 1.) Utah-Stanford Ventilator (Vent4US): developing a rapidly scalable ventilator for COVID-19 patients with ARDS. Li H, Li E, Krishnamurthy D, Kolbay P, Chacin B, Hoehne S, Cybulski J, Brewer L, Petelenz T, Orr J, Sakata D, Clardy T, Kuck K, Prakash M. medRxiv. 2020 April:20070367. See also: https://www.pez-globo.org/
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6dp0506