A 2012 engineering project at Brigham Young University (BYU) in which participants created affordable neonatal ventilators may have strong implications in the fight against COVID-19. In fact, two BYU alums are able to make their ventilator at a fraction of the cost of current prices.
The AdultLife Ventilator was designed by BYU alums and husband-and-wife team Kindall and Erica Palmer, along with current and former BYU students. The first version of the ventilator was created for infants in developing countries but has been adapted for adult use. The AdultLife Ventilator has just received FDA emergency authorization for use in hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis.
“We harnessed expertise from engineering and medical experts to know exactly how the device needs to function and how you would train users,” Kindall Palmer said. “Ventilation is the core treatment for COVID-19, but there’s a severe lack of ventilators, not just in the United States, but throughout the world. We hope to be part of the solution.”
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