SAN FRANCISCO, California (KRON) – A collaboration between UC Berkeley engineers and UCSF doctors is working to transform the machines used by people with sleep apnea into fans.
“This is what a sleep apnea device looks like and there are about 10 million in the United States and most people don’t like it and they put it in the closet,” said Bryan Martel.
With the need for fans at a critical point in places like New York, Bryan Martel contacted the dean of his alma mater at the College of Engineering in Berkeley with an idea to harness the power of these dust-collecting devices in closets. many people. .
With the UCSF doctors, they determined that only a few pieces were needed to connect CPAP or BiPAP machines to oxygen masks or endotracheal tubes.
Together they can be used to reduce the pressure this virus exerts on the current supply of ventilators.
“They provide pressurized air to your lungs when a patient has problems, you should use ventilators in this area when things are bad, what we hope is that you will be able to use them before it goes wrong and in the end when they start going out will ease the demand for fans, “said Martel.
They tested the machines and launched a website for people who want to donate their unused sleep apnea machines.
“Through this interface to the community, people across the country are donating their sleep apnea devices and we are working with logistics companies to try to retrieve them and deliver them to hospitals,” said Martel.
They don’t want people to give away their CPAP or BiPAP machines if they are using them, but if one is not in use, they ask you to go to their website and sign up.
They will try to find it somewhere where it can do good: CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION.