Xoran Technologies, Ann Arbor, Mich., has an agreement with MakeMedical, a startup associated with the University of Michigan, to distribute its VentMI pressure regulator, which is designed to allow the use of a single ventilator by multiple individuals. VentMI can address current and future potential ventilator shortages in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“We were focused on developing a system that could at least double ventilator capacity,” says otolaryngologist Kyle Van Koevering, MD, of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Michigan Medicine and an associate faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Engineering. “We were looking for innovative ways to potentially help hospitals preparing for a ventilator shortage during the pandemic and beyond. The VentMI pressure regulator allows us to do just that, without compromising the health of our patients.”

The VentMI ventilator splitter offers individualized pressure control that is uniquely adjustable to each patient. Its design minimizes cross-contamination, offers the ability to regulate the pressure of each patient individually, and addresses limitations of other concepts. Combining pressure regulators and one-way valves, this system has been tested in simulated lung environments and recently received an FDA emergency use authorization. It is now available for purchase and use in hospitals, surgery centers, and field hospitals.

“VentMI takes minutes to set-up and is easy-to-use, meaning hospitals and care facilities can prepare for viral outbreaks and surges with minimal cost outlay,” says Xoran President David Sarment. “Xoran has a long history of collaboration with University of Michigan faculty and surgeons, so our partnership with MakeMedical just makes sense.”