Vent Multiplexor LLC announced that it received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for its device that can split a single ventilator so that it can be used by two patients simultaneously.
The Vent Multiplexor device was developed by a team of students and faculty at Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital. It is a patent-pending co-ventilation device intended for temporary use when two patients both require emergency mechanical ventilation when only one ventilator is available. Importantly, the device allows ventilator sharing between two patients whose lung capacities and ventilator setting requirements are different. The Vent Multiplexor can be produced with 3D printing and minimal production lead time, according to the company.
The FDA Emergency Use Authorization was granted about a week after two critically-ill COVID-19 patients at Yale New Haven Hospital, with different lung sizes and tidal volume requirements, were successfully co-ventilated using the device.
The company plans to now increase production of the device and partner with healthcare entities across the United States and internationally to help alleviate ventilator shortages.
“Ultimately, we are all part of a global community,” said Vent Multiplexor President Todd Higgins. “The call to action is for all of us to do everything in our power to help wherever that help is needed. We intend to answer the call.”
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