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Global Ventilator for Developing Countries

Venti-Now: A Global Ventilator for Developing Countries

Venti-Now's medical mechanical ventilator design makes it an excellent choice for emergency medical facilities around the globe. Our design takes into account some of the needs specific to developing countries such as; low-cost per unit, readily available disposable parts, compatible with existing resources, low operating costs, low-maintenance, ease and familiarity of use, and our displays and alarms allow hospitals to use less staff and equipment for monitoring the patient.  This makes our global ventilator ideal for developing countries. It is constructed of stainless steel and pneumatic components with few electronic components, has a handle to make it easy to carry, and weighs only 14 pounds. It can easily be moved between patients and even facilities to go where the need is.

Our medical mechanical ventilator is 12 inches long, 12 inches wide, and 8 inches tall. There's a disposable Bag Valve Mask (BVM) bag in the cradle of the compression chamber, and the BVM outlet and one-way valve connect to the patient air circuit. Then the compressed air and electric connection is hooked up to the ventilator. The compressed air drives a pneumatic piston which compresses the BVM bag that cycles to deliver air and oxygen to the patient. 

Many of the devices currently available can only run off of oxygen tanks, which are costly and often unavailable in resource low settings. You can clearly see the PIP, PEEP, Inspiration time, I/E ratio, and respiration rate on the display. All of which can be easily adjusted using the knobs on the device. Our ventilator has less functions than the more expensive ventilators on the market making it easier to train respiratory nurses on the standards of use and at a fraction of the cost. This ability to control Tidal Volume, PIP, PEEP, the I/E ratio and BPM is essential for COVID-19 patients, which often need a higher BPM.

Our Global ventilator for developing countries is safe, effective, affordable, and durable. It displays the Peak Inspiratory Pressure (PIP) and (PEEP) in cm H20, Inspiration time, I/E ratio, and respiration rate that update with each breathing cycle. Our medical mechanical ventilator design also has an alarm if it senses low pressure, indicating a bag failure or hose disconnection. Or if it senses high pressure, indicating a hose blockage in the mask, tube, or expiratory breathing circuit. This auditory and visual alert system allows for staff to safely monitor the patient. 

This medical mechanical ventilator design is an Ambu bag ventilator. It uses readily available Ambu bags (also known as BVM bags) and off-the-shelf medical-grade components to allow for rapid manufacturing. Ambu bags, or BVM bags, are currently used all around the globe to manually ventilate patients. Nurses and doctors are already familiar with how they work. This allows the hospital to use a range of BVM bags available at their hospital. By using readily available parts in the manufacturing we have ensured that our ventilator design can be both; quickly scaled up for manufacturing, and the parts are easy to order replacements for maintenance and repairs. This means no more expensive equipment sitting in a back room because no one can afford or find the replacement parts to fix it.  Our Class II medical device has received an FDA Emergency Use Authorization ensuring its safety for use on patients.

Venti-Now was created in Cincinnati as a non-profit volunteer ventilator design company. Founded and led by John Molander, a P&G R&D retiree, our ventilators were designed with the support of P&G’s past and present employees. Our ventilators will be licensed under extremely generous terms, as we do not seek to make a profit off of this pandemic. If you are looking to distribute a global ventilator for developing countries to help combat Covid-19, then contact us at Venti-Now. We're a non-profit organization here to help.

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