Ventilator System: Optimized Functionality and Utilization of Non-Medical Supply Chains

Opportunity

Available for Collaboration and Funding

IP Status

US Utility Patent Pending (Not Yet Published)

Inventors

Bryan Willson
John Mizia
Daniel Mastebergen
Dave Richards
Timothy Farrow
Domenico Chiera
Nolan Polley
Branon Gleeson
Clayton Jacobs

At A Glance

Researchers at Colorado State University in collaboration with Woodward have developed a Ventilator System to combat high costs and medical parts stream dependency of medical ventilators by utilizing industrial and automotive parts streams. Furthermore, the complexity and related training issues related to medical ventilators is considerably reduced by narrowing the functionality of the Ventilator System to provide only key functions required to ventilate patients sickened with the COVID-19 virus.

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Reference No.:  2020-097

Background

Ventilators for medical use are typically expensive designs that rely upon narrow medial parts streams for manufacturing and spare parts. These machines also typically offer a complicated functional list that requires extensive training time and related expense.

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has created an unprecedented demand for medical ventilators, which in turn has created a substantial shortage for many of the parts used to manufacture these devices and support their spare part needs. The unprecedented ventilator demand has also created a shortage of people qualified to operate a medical ventilator, exacerbated by the significant training necessary to operate the highly complicated typical medical ventilator.

Benefits
  • Components are in a rugged hard-shell case that can be carried by a single medical professional for quick deployment to areas of need
  • Utilizes a back-up power source in case of electrical power outage
  • Does not rely on maxed out medical supply chains

Last updated: April 2020

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