NASA develops ventilator prototype in just 37 days

Researchers at NASA develop a “high pressure” ventilator called VITAL. VITAL stands for Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally. They built the device in only 37 days and are waiting for acceptance by the FDA.

These can be built more quickly and use lesser parts than normal ventilators. However, they are not supposed to replace the regular ventilators, as those have a better range other than simply COVID-19 patients and can last longer. 

The machine was tested on a “high fidelity human patient simulator” at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. NASA who specializes in spacecraft manufacturing and not in medical machinery has successfully built a device that can be used not only in the US but all over the world to fight the pandemic. 

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