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The open-source design of emergency ventilators for COVID-19 patients

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The community-driven team that's on a mission to develop an emergency-use ventilator to aid COVID-19 patients...

Open Source Ventilator Ireland is a community-driven team of volunteer engineers, designers, medical professionals, and community builders working together to develop a low-cost and open-source emergency-use ventilator, producible at scale to aid the treatment of COVID19 patients.

osv logoThis open-source design project is consolidating findings from experts globally to accelerate the development of working prototypes. Working closely with OpenLung Canada, and their designers, a number of concepts are being finalised for prototyping and testing. The project fully embraces the Open Source ideal, with all files made available online as the project progresses.

This low-resource Field Emergency Ventilator (FEV) is intended to be a simple, reliable, safe and easy to use device that consists mostly of 3D printed parts and uses a Bag Valve Mask (BVM). This is an emergency field solution that can be relatively easily mass-produced with certified components and rapidly deployed by general care workers on the frontline to fight against COVID-19. They have been working in close consultation with frontline healthcare workers and other related bodies to ensure the development of a viable solution.

osv call outSpeaking for Open Source Ventilator Ireland, David Pollard, said,

“We have been overwhelmed by people’s kindness and energy. We received over 1,500 expressions of interest within the first 24 hours from Ireland, and globally.

This shows us that we have a passion to work together and are willing to overlook boundaries in order to tackle this shared global crisis.”

For those who would like to register their interest with Open Source Ventilator Ireland, they can do so by visiting

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Published on: 20th March 2020

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