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The DIY Ventilator Kit

Mar. 31, 2020

An automated ventilator kit built for $300 that is 'as simple as it gets' squeezes a manual mask to keep coronavirus patients alive, developers claim.

A team from Rice University developed the emergency care system from readily available hospital valve masks and 3D printed parts.  

The programmable device automatically squeezes the bag valve masks that would otherwise have to be manually squeezed by a medical professional.

Researchers say the 'DIY kits' will allow hospitals to use existing equipment to reduce the load on existing ventilators and help people in respiratory distress.