We’re VentilatorSOS, a nonprofit formed by a group of doctors and engineers who saw that ventilators were in short supply as coronavirus hot spots emerged in the U.S. this spring. We came up with a way to modify sleep apnea devices that could be used by doctors to treat COVID-19 patients when ventilators are not available. As demand has grown internationally we’ve responded. We recently shipped devices to Ecuador and have shipments prepared to send to Haiti and Malawi any day now. Meanwhile, other countries have been reaching out inquiring about devices too, including India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Brazil, Peru and Mexico.
Clearly there is a strong need for these devices in many parts of the world where infection rates are high and ventilator supplies are low. Now, we’re trying to raise $15,000 to get the devices to doctors in need around the world and the U.S.
The devices enable hospitals to save more lives without paying tens of thousands of dollars each for ventilators. Doctors who have used the devices estimate that by having the modified sleep apnea solutions they’re able to keep one-third of patients off ventilators who otherwise would have to use them. Given that the majority of patients who are put on ventilators don’t survive, this option means many more people will survive. The cost of these units is a fraction of what it would cost to buy a new or used device. Ventilators cost between $6,000 and $15,000 each while these modified devices with parts and mask are only about $100 each.
Your donations will help save lives. Thank you.
For more on the VentilatorSOS effort see our website.