SAN FRANCISCO, California (KRON) – A collaboration between UC Berkeley engineers and UCSF doctors is working to turn the machines used by people with sleep apnea into fans.
“This is what a sleep apnea machine looks like and there are about 10 million in the United States and most people don’t like them and they put them in the closet,” said Bryan Martel.
With the need for fans at a critical point in places like New York City, Bryan Martel reached out to the dean of his alma mater at the College of Engineering in Berkeley with an idea to harness the power of these devices and collect dust in many people’s closets.
Together with doctors at UCSF, they have decided that only a few parts were needed to connect CPAP or BiPAP machines to oxygen masks or endotracheal tubing.
Together, they can be used to reduce the load that this virus puts on the current supply of fans.
“They provide compressed air to your lungs when a patient gets into trouble, you have to use fans in this area when things are going bad. What we hope is that you will be able to use these before things go bad and end when they start coming out that will alleviate the demand for fans, “Martel said.
They have tested the machines and launched a website for people who want to donate their unused sleep apnea machines.
“With this interface to society, people from all over the country donate their sleep apnea machines and we work with logistics companies to try and get them and then deliver them to the hospitals,”
They don’t want people to donate their CPAP or BiPAP machines if they actually use them but if you have one of these devices that goes unused they ask that you go to their website and sign up.
They will try to get it somewhere where it can do something good: CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION.
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