Prisma Health offers free device for ventilator-sharing through J&J partnership
Physicians at Greenville, S.C.-based Prisma Health created a low-cost, 3D-printed connector device to help increase ventilator capacity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Four things to know:
1. The Vesper Ventilator Expansion Splitter device is a Y-shaped connector that allows one ventilator to support two patients at once.
2. The FDA recently granted emergency use authorization for Vesper, and it is now in field testing.
3. Prisma Health is offering free source code and instructions for other hospitals to print the device on its website.
4. Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson Medical devices, will also manufacture and distribute the device for free to healthcare providers nationwide during the pandemic.
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Source: Becker's Hospital Review