Popular photocopy machine manufacturer Xerox has teamed up with medical device manufacturer Vortran Medical to produce disposable ventilators.
With hospitals facing a shortage of ventilators as the number of coronaviruses cases are increasing, the two companies are scaling up production of Go2Vent ventilator which is a gas-operated, disposable ventilator that can be set up within minutes and discarded after use by a single patient.
The ventilator which provides support via a secure airway can be operated on a compressor, oxygen or air with a minimum of 10 litres per minute flow rates.
It can also provide continuous ventilatory support for up to 30 days.
“We want to help make sure doctors, nurses and paramedics on the frontline have the resources they need to help the rising number of patients with COVID-19,” said John Visentin, CEO, Xerox in a statement.
“The partnership with Xerox has one clear goal — to help save as many lives as possible. For all of us, this will be the most important thing we ever do,” says Vortran’s co-founder and CEO, Gordon A Wong, MD, in a statement.
It is expected that this partnership will result in the production of as many as 150,000 to 200,000 ventilators every month by June.