Ohio Patent of the Month – March 2022

Over the past few years, we’ve learned just how quickly a hospital or health center can be overwhelmed. Hospital respiratory equipment is often already fully exhausted and ventilators are in short supply. Venti-Now has designed an easily manufactured emergency respiratory ventilator which can help meet this demand. 

While still being easy to manufacture, their ventilator is lightweight, transportable, and -best of all – does not need medical grade oxygen to power it. The ventilator uses an air cylinder and piston to compress an air bag and transfer air to the patient. This provides a sufficient treatment when fully equipped ventilators are not immediately available. For instance, if a hospital is overrun or a paramedic.

The air compression is controlled using Volume Control–Continuous Mandatory Ventilation (VC-CMV). So the volume of air delivered to the patient is controlled on a fixed breathing cycle set by the clinician. A pressure sensor tracks airflow and alerts the clinician if any deviation in pressure is sensed. Low pressure could indicate a hose disconnection or bag failure while high pressure could indicate a blockage.

The company has gone through numerous prototypes, adjusting features to make their ventilator as convenient and reliable as possible. Throughout this process, they have received FDA temporary Emergency Usage Authorization.

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