NASA Develops COVID-19 Prototype Ventilator in 37 Days

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NASA Develops COVID19 prototype ventilator
NASA Develops COVID19 prototype ventilator

NASA Develops COVID19 Prototype Ventilator in 37 Days

 

NASA Develops COVID19 prototype Ventilator. NASA brainpower may soon start making a big difference in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. A new high-pressure ventilator developed by NASA engineers and tailored to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. Like all ventilators, VITAL requires patients to be sedated and an oxygen tube inserted into their airway to breathe. The new device wouldn’t replace current hospital ventilators, which can last years and are built to address a broader range of medical issues. Instead, VITAL is intended to last three to four months and is specifically tailored for COVID-19 patients.

VITAL also features a flexible design that accommodates use in temporary field hospitals, such as the ones that have sprung up in hotels and convention centers around the world to deal with the crush of patients suffering from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Like all ventilators, VITAL requires patients to be sedated and an oxygen tube inserted into their airway to breathe. The new device wouldn’t replace current hospital ventilators, which can last years and are built to address a broader range of medical issues. Instead, VITAL is intended to last three to four months and is specifically tailored for COVID-19 patients.

“The NASA prototype performed as expected under a wide variety of simulated patient conditions. The team feels confident that the VITAL ventilator will be able to safely ventilate patients suffering from COVID-19 both here in the United States and throughout the world.” NASA Develops COVID19 prototype Ventilator.

VITAL can be built faster and maintained more easily than a traditional ventilator, and is composed of far fewer parts, many of which are currently available to potential manufacturers through existing supply chains. Its flexible design means it also can be modified for use in field hospitals being set up in convention centers, hotels, and other high-capacity facilities across the country and around the globe.

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