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Monday, April 6, 2020

The Low-Cost, Open Source COVID-19 Ventilator that Farhan is Helping to Build (Video)

While many of us are just trying to pass the time by building Quarantine ham radio rigs, our good friend Farhan VU2ESE has been hard at work on a really serious project:  He has been working out how to use an Arduino microcontroller as the electronic core of a simple ventilator that could save thousands of lives in the current crisis. See video above. 

Here is background info on the project (from ARRL): 

Amateur radio volunteers from around the world have volunteered to assist University of Florida Professor Sam Lampotang and his engineering team in their quest to rapidly develop an open-source, low-cost patient ventilator that can be built anywhere from such commonly available components as PVC pipe and lawn-sprinkler valves. The amateur radio volunteers are developing Arduino-based control software that will set the respiratory rate and other key parameters in treating critically ill coronavirus victims.
Multiple volunteers responding to a call for help from Gordon Gibby, MD, KX4Z, included noted software developer Jack Purdum, W8TEE, and  uBITX transceiver maker Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE. University of Florida physicians are working to address the critical legal aspects as the design moves closer to fruition.
The ventilator’s valves would precisely time compressed oxygen flow into patient breathing circuits under Arduino control, allowing exhausted patients with “stiff” lungs impacted by viral pneumonia to survive until their body can clear the infection. The software design team is also adding simple features such as an LCD display, encoders to choose parameters, and watchdog safety features. -- Thanks to Gordon Gibby, KX4Z
It is important realize that in countries around the world, many victims of COVID-19 will have no hope of getting anywhere near the kind of $50,000 ventilators found in U.S. or European hospitals.  That is one of the things that makes this low cost, open-source project so important. 
More details on the project here: 


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  1. Amazing. Knack game off the charts.

    Well done Farhan and everyone else working to help others around the globe.

    John KE5ETX

  2. Great job, farhan. God bless u to make it a successful step.


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