While the device is not a replacement for hospital-grade ventilators, it could help ease the pressure on states and health systems facing a crush of patients so severe that some hospitals have begun splitting ventilators to serve two patients at a time. At least another began using 3D printing to convert BiPap machines designed to be used for those with lung disease and sleep apnea.
“It takes off the overload on the system," so the sickest patients can go onto the ICU-grade ventilators, Naresh Shankar, Xerox’s chief technology officer, said in an interview.
Those exhibiting lower-level symptoms, whom studies show account for the majority of coronavirus patients, can significantly benefit from the Go2Vent, he said. The devices were widely used, for instance, around the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York and during the SARS outbreak 17 years ago. read more here