Hello all, I hope this post finds you in good health and spirits!
Within the US & other countries as the situation gets worse, ventilators will become in very short supply. (Source)
My dad has been speaking with a friend who is a doctor, and the working theory is that if we run out of automatic ventilators hospitals and caretakers will have to turn to Ambu Breathing Bags. (Click Here to See the Bag) These bags require a manual squeeze roughly every 3 seconds. This means if ventilators run out, people will be required to manually work these bags for loved ones or hospital patients.
It was suggested by the friend that our robotics team work on a solution that automates this process, and my immediate reaction was to open this up to the FRC community. If there is any way for us to make this a 3D-Printable, or actual product to be given to hospitals, it could help the situation immensely.
I don’t have an immediate answer on how to automate this process, or get this to market/distribute it, but here are some of my thoughts-
- A 3D-Printable piece may be very useful, as the community could print and donate assemblies/pieces.
- This could most likely be done with a servo, or some other actuator. If we end up working with a 3D-Print, we’ll have to provide some sort of bill of materials of what else is needed to buy, and a instruction set on how to assemble.
- If there is any way to get STRYKER involved that may help get a product to the market. (I know they work with lots of FRC Alumni, thanks FUN)
I hope we can all come together, and help solve this issue. Please use this thread to share any ideas, 3D models, etc. If there is enough interest we can also organize via Discord or something else and work on this project a little more intimately.