South San Francisco, CA April 8, 2020
Thank you to our South City neighbor for sharing this important message because we know there are many who are eager to help with treatment for patients with COVID-19, who might also have a CPAP or BIPAP that is not in use.
Places like Italy, Spain and New York City experienced drastic shortages of ventilators during the fight against COVID19. During emergency situations, when there is no or limited access to available ventilators, sleep apnea machines can be converted to provide breathing support for some COVID patients. For example, one potential use case would be during the weaning process from full ventilation. For COVID19 patients weaning from a ventilator can take multiple days. Moving the patient to a converted sleep apnea BIPAP machine would free up a ventilator for COVID19 patients with more serious respiratory disease.
We are a group of engineers, medical doctors, and industry advisers working with faculty and students at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco to create a streamlined process to repurpose these devices for emergency use in local hospitals.
If you or someone you know has access to a sleep apnea machine anywhere in the U.S. that they no longer use, please notify us by filling in the form below.
Please label your ventilator with which type it is (CPAP/BiPAP) as well as the product number (model number) and fill in the following registration form. We will contact you about pick up.
IT’S UP TO US
Please share this website with your community! We need as many ventilation machines as possible from across the country. Thank you!