MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As spread of COVID-19 continues throughout the country, demand for medical ventilators could skyrocket.
Many are already expressing concerns about potential shortages, but there’s a doctor at the University of Minnesota who says he just created a simpler, cheaper ventilator that could save lives.READ MORE: Family, Friends Use Kayaks To Save 2 Teenagers Swept Out Into Northern Minnesota Lake
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Univeristy of Minnesota Anesthesiology fellow Dr. Steve Richardson started work on his ventilator last Sunday, sourcing equipment and resources from biomedical engineer friends and other private companies.READ MORE: Next Weather Alert: SE Minnesota Remains Under Tornado Watch
Within hours of starting, Richardson finished a simple, effective prototype that he is now perfecting.
He says if the FDA clears a path for production, he could scale it quickly, producing thousands within three weeks at a fraction of the cost of a traditional hospital ventilator.
“People have just been working around the clock every day since Sunday morning, and we have a ventilator that I would be comfortable being anesthetized with,” Richardson said.MORE NEWS: 2 Killed In Robbinsdale Shooting; Suspect Vehicle Found Abandoned In North Minneapolis
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