Design and Prototyping of a Low-Cost Portable Mechanical Ventilator

  title={Design and Prototyping of a Low-Cost Portable Mechanical Ventilator},
  author={Abdul Mohsen Al Husseini and Heon-Ju Lee and Justin Negrete and Stephen Powelson and Amelia Tepper Servi and Alexander H. Slocum and Jussi Saukkonen},
  journal={Journal of Medical Devices},
This paper describes the design and prototyping of a low-cost portable mechanical ventilator for use in mass casualty cases and resource-poor environments. The ventilator delivers breaths by compressing a conventional bag-valve mask (BVM) with a pivoting cam arm, eliminating the need for a human operator for the BVM. An initial prototype was built out of acrylic, measuring 11.25×6.7×8 in.3 and weighing 9 lbs. It is driven by an electric motor powered by a 14.8 VDC battery and features an… Expand
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