Could the Automated Bag Mask Valve(BVM) be a low cost, viable STOP GAP to help with the shortage of ventilators? Please check out our concept video and renders below.
Automating a readily available Bag Valve Mask (BVM), also known as a hand operated manual resuscitator.This would free up the personal that would normally be need to operate a BVM. The device could act as a stop gap in hospitals or at home where a ventilator is needed, but not currently available.This is not a design to replace a ventilator that has a lot more features, but maybe a low-cost solution to help out.At the moment we are looking to rapid prototype this machine in house at CNC Design and looking to work with medical professionals first to make sure that the design and use is a viable solution.This week (23rd March 2020) we have finished the CAD design of version1.1 and have ordered all the parts to create the working prototype.Updated CAD renders will be uploaded soon and the other information as we build the prototype.
We will be releasing this Automated BVM device open source, so anyone can build it or manufacture it.We have now setup a dedicated domain for the Automated BVM at http://automatedbvm.net/
There are few more details on the machine and the CAD renders of what the actual prototype will look like.
Not as pretty as the original concept, but workable.
Also the inside of the machine is shown with working mechanics and minimal components as planned.
We had the Acetal arrive today, so will be milling the plates out tomorrow :)