A Vital Hack Could Turn Medical Devices Into Ventilators

As infections from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continue to climb, hospitals around the world are struggling with a potentially fatal shortage of ventilators, the bedside machines that help patients breathe when they’re unable to do so on their own. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of lower-grade breathing devices known as continuous positive airway pressure machines sit idle in closets or warehouses because their manufacturers say they can’t perform the same life-saving functions. ARS TECHNICA This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews,…

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Ventilator firm says ‘nothing happened’ after it offered to help Government

A medical equipment manufacturer has criticised the slow pace of the Government’s attempts to increase the supply of ventilators, saying it should be relying on upscaling current manufacturing rather than turning to groups of well-known engineering firms to produce new models. Andrew Raynor, managing director of MEC Medical, said that he had been contacted by officials some weeks ago and was asked to fill in information about the equipment he could supply, but said he “did and just didn’t hear anything.” The Government has ordered 10,000 ventilators, according to billionaire…

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