Engineers share designs for DIY ventilators online as coronavirus pandemic spreads


With ventilators in dangerously short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of DIY groups have begun working on open source designs that could be made at home. Julian Botta, a third year resident in emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins, created a Google Doc listing some of the basic specifications for a ventilator and how a do-it-yourself version might be assembled.

The doc, called ‘Specifications for simple open source mechanical ventilator,’ is not affiliated in any way with Johns Hopkins, and is instead a purely personal pursuit for Botta. The idea came to him after he saw several similar projects spread across Github but was concerned that many of the designs were closer to CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines than ventilators, according to a report in Vice.

[Source: Daily Mail]