Hi, we are running an initiative in Cambridge to develop an open source ventilator that is not based on an ambu bag design.
We have formed a somewhat informal steering group at this stage to develop an open source robust and simple to use minimal viable pandemic ventilator which can stand alone for the whole intensive care unit (ICU) journey, that can be built quickly from in-country materials with moderate technical expertise. The primary aim is for this system to be open, readily accessible, affordable, easy to assemble and maintain and to be able to operate in conditions suitable for deployment in lower and middle income countries (LMIC). We are co-developing the design with ICU and maker-space colleagues in Uganda, Nairobi, Ethiopia and Tanzania right now. This is a completely open initiative with others welcome to join. We are happy to reach out as we build up our infrastructure how best to do this - it’s a community effort across Cambridge with PIs, postdocs, students and technical staff from the University as well as partners from Addenbrooke’s and the private sector. This is a not-for-profit endeavour and we aim to realise our aspirations to make a difference to help with the Covid-19 crisis. However, we have learnt a lot in the past 10 days since we started talking to one another and it is clear that affordable ventilators are lacking in LMIC in the best of times and we are keen to pursue this project beyond the Covid-19 pandemic. Our aim is to come up with an open source ventilator design that is as versatile and rugged as the legendary Toyota pick-up truck.
Please do get in touch if you want to get involved and please be patient for us in getting ourselves organised - we are very excited to get this off the ground but we still need to work out some key aspects of our infrastructure before we are able to move at full speed.