GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – UPDATE: As the need for ventilators becomes a growing concern during the COVID-19 outbreak, a University of Florida professor is working to help meet the demand.
UF Professor of Anesthesiology Dr. Samsun Lampotang and a team of UF researchers have developed a ventilator that can be made using items from the hardware store.
“You need a way to force air into the lungs of a patient, and then you need a way to not force air, so that the air that was forced in can come out," said Dr. Lampotang. "In a nutshell, that’s all you need for a ventilator.”
The final design is expected to be finished today, after which it will go through one-to-two weeks of intensive testing to confirm its safety.
"The key message is the technology works. Whether it's safe, we don't know. The design is a proven design. What is not proven is building it from Home Depot parts."
Dr. Lampotang believes that the device can be built for as little as $125 to $250 and he hopes to make the design free to the public soon.
ORIGINAL: Ventilators are in high demand as COVID-19 spreads around the world. A UF professor is trying to meet that demand.
UF professor of anesthesiology, Dr. Samsun Lampotang, is designing a ventilator from items that can be found in any hardware store. He hopes to soon be able to provide the ventilator design for free.
Doctor Lampotang said in a statement "every well-intentioned volunteer who has access to Home Depot, Ace, Lowe's or their equivalent worldwide can build one."