|A design package for an emergency, rapid-deployment ventilator system.|
- Mechanical ventilation or assisted ventilation
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have designed Coventor - a simple, low-cost mechanical ventilator system that can potentially be used to solve ventilator shortages in hospitals and make-shift clinics. Coventor is a device that repurposes the Bag Valve Mask manual resuscitator (“Ambu bags”), which are commonly used by paramedics and emergency medicine specialists in ICUs and ambulances. This mechanical ventilator consists of a mechanism that can continuously compress and release a reservoir bag, and a control system to adjust the respiratory rate and limit the pressure of air pushed into patients.
Designed by an anesthesiologist and engineers, this design represents a realistic approach to rapidly build life-sustaining mechanical ventilation to patients in need. The design specifications package of this is now available for download at no cost.
Key Benefits & Differentiators
- Simple parts and manufacturing process; the frame can be metal-stamped or injection molded
- Although most patients will require oxygen, the device itself does not require pressurized oxygen or air supply to function; uses available manual resuscitator bags
- Compact tabletop (or desktop) size; ideal for make-shift clinics
- Easy to use for ICU-trained medical professionals
- Low cost and scalable design
Phase of Development
- FDA Emergency Use Authorization received April 14, 2020.
- Design files ready for distribution.
Please visit Coventor website for more information.
Ready for Licensing
The design files of this device are now available for download at no cost. Please submit a request using this form. Upon submission, directions for obtaining the license and design package will be sent to you.