UF researchers designing ventilator completely from hardware store items

Published: Mar. 26, 2020 at 4:26 AM EDT
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UPDATE: As the need for ventilators becomes a growing concern during the COVID-19 outbreak, a UF professor is working to help meet the demand.

UF Professor of Anesthesiology Dr. Samsun Lampotang and a team of UF researchers have developed a ventilator that can be made using items from the hardware store.

“You need a way to force air into the lungs of a patient, and then you need a way to not force air, so that the air that was forced in can come out," said Dr. Lampotang. "In a nutshell, that’s all you need for a ventilator.”

The final design is expected to be finished today, after which it will go through one-to-two weeks of intensive testing to confirm its safety.

"The key message is the technology works. Whether it's safe, we don't know. The design is a proven design. What is not proven is building it from home depot parts."

Dr. Lampotang believes that the device can be built for as little as 125 to 250 dollars and he hopes to make the design free to the public soon.

ORIGINAL: Ventilators are in high demand as COVID-19 spreads around the world. A UF professor is trying to meet that demand.

UF professor of anesthesiology, Dr. Samsun Lampotang, is designing a ventilator from items that can be found in any hardware store. He hopes to soon be able to provide the ventilator design for free.

Doctor Lampotang said in a statement "every well-intentioned volunteer who has access to Home Depot, Ace, Lowe's or their equivalent worldwide can build one."