Marco Mascorro, a robotics engineer with no prior experience creating medical equipment, developed and posted online plans for a ventilator made from a Raspberry Pi computer and easy-to-source parts.
Now, researchers at Columbia's University Hospital of the Pontifical Xavierian University and Los Andes University are preparing to put the machine through a fast-tracked round of tests so that it may be used to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Raspberry Pi computer is critical to the control of the ventilator; it regulates air pressure, opens and closes valves, and can determine whether a patient needs full or partial breathing assistance.
Said Mascorro, "The beauty of developing a software-centric system is we can make changes to the processes without doing much to the hardware."
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