How Will OpenVentilator Meet Global Needs?
The OpenVentilator project presents a unique challenge for engineers because it’s time-sensitive, requires extreme accuracy, and ultimately because the lives of real people across the globe may depend on the project’s success.
What if the ventilators aren’t done in time? What if the team can only help get 1,000 of them manufactured?
Adam notes that 1,000 ventilators will still be highly valuable — even if they’re not all manufactured by the time the first wave of the pandemic passes. The ventilators that have already been distributed are being used much more heavily than normal, and will thus need replacing sooner. We also don’t know what the rest of 2020 has in store when it comes to COVID-19.
Melvin, whose roots are outside of the United States, also reminds us that it’s all too easy to adopt a US-centric view of what is actually a global pandemic. In Latin America, for example, the curves of infection are only just beginning, so there will soon be a need for ventilators there.
How Can You Help?
If you or someone you know is interested in joining the OpenVentilator project, you can get involved here. Specifically, the team is in need of mechanical engineers and people who can help with firmware support, but they are happy to have help from anyone with relevant technical knowledge or expertise.