Low-cost, open-source mechanical ventilator with pulmonary monitoring for COVID-19 patients
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This paper shows the construction of a low-cost, open-source mechanical ventilator. The motivation for constructing this kind of ventilator comes from the worldwide shortage of mechanical ventilators for treating COVID-19 patients—the COVID-19 pandemic has been striking hard in some regions, especially the deprived ones. Constructing a low-cost, open-source mechanical ventilator aims to mitigate the effects of this shortage on those regions. The equipment documented here employs commercial spare parts only. This paper also shows a numerical method for monitoring the patients’ pulmonary condition. The method considers pressure measurements from the inspiratory limb and alerts clinicians in real-time whether the patient is under a healthy or unhealthy situation. Experiments carried out in the laboratory that had emulated healthy and unhealthy patients illustrate the potential benefits of the derived mechanical ventilator.
CitationAcho, L.; Vargas, A.; Pujol-Vazquez, G. Low-cost, open-source mechanical ventilator with pulmonary monitoring for COVID-19 patients. "MDPI-Actuators", 12 Setembre 2020, vol. 9, núm. 3, p. 1-14.