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MIT Emergency Ventilator (E-Vent) Project

An emergency research project with a team of MIT Engineers and American clinicians to address the question: Is it possible to safely ventilate a COVID-19 patient by automatically actuating a manual resuscitator?


Website includes Key ventilation specifications (requires login)

Article in SciTechDaily about the above MIT E-Vent project (28 March 2020):

OpenCovid19 Initiative:

The goal of the OpenCovid19 initiative as a program is to collectively develop open-source and low-cost tools and methodologies that are safe and easy to use to fight the Covid19 Pandemic.

This project is very structured and active, example:

21 March 2019
[…. Outcome of Wave 1 Project proposals.
Our peer review has resulted in the Offset ventilator (short term), O2 concentrator (slightly longer term) and Hardware: PPE (short term) being chosen as our official hardware projects. In addition the tube connectors project scored very highly in our review. The best software project was the database for local manufacturers able to produce hardware due to its simplicity and high score in reviews. ….]

To participate in this initiative follow this link (helpfulengineering.slack.com)
Further information on this project here:

Open Source Ventilator Ireland

A focused team in Ireland – to begin development of a Field Emergency Ventilator (FEV) in partnership with the Irish Health Service


VentilAid by Krakow-based Urbicum

European Scientist article “An open-source respirator for 40 Euros – from a 3D printer”

The COVID Response Team

The COVID Response Team is a not-for-profit group of engineers, medical doctors, researchers and others dedicated to saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. The main goal is to provide emergency ventilators to meet the huge demand for supportive breathing equipment as a result of the spread of the disease.
Website: http://thecovidresponseteam-com.stackstaging.com/
GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-breathing-fund-emergency-covid19-ventilators
News article: https://www.thejournal.ie/emergency-ventilators-irish-researchers-crowdfund-5061521-Mar2020/

Formula 1, University College London, and University College London hospital (UCLH)

“University College London engineers worked with clinicians at UCLH and Mercedes Formula One to build a device, which delivers oxygen to the lungs without needing a ventilator. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices are already used in hospitals but are in short supply.”

March 30, 2020: NHS approval for life-saving breathing aids

News article 2: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52087002
News article 3: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/30/f1-team-helps-build-new-uk-breathing-aid-for-covid-19-patients

Ventilator Challenge UK Consortium

A consortium of significant UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors, has come together to produce medical ventilators for the UK.

News article: https://www.theengineer.co.uk/covid-19-ventilators-smiths-ventilator-challenge-uk/

Dutch Corona ‘Hackathon’


List of projects: https://hackcorona.sparkboard.com/

MIT review of current status of ventilator production (18 March 2020, US):


There are links to several initiatives in this article.