Gaming PC Manufacturer Maingear Is Making Affordable Ventilators
Maingear is a producer of custom computers. They recently revealed that their manufacturing plants will start manufacturing the Maingear LIV Ventilator to help with Corona Virus. These LIV Ventilators are designed to be high-quality and affordable with the capacity to be produced for ¼ of the cost of conventional ventilators. This action has come about in an effort to help the current shortage of ventilators.
The MAINGEAR LIV combines redundant power circuits, multiple safety features, and a unique coupling device that contains and drains exhaled aerosolized virus from the patient while allowing routine maintenance under severe conditions. Each unit has preset standard values for use by untrained personnel, as well as dedicated software which is controlled via touch screen interface, giving access to fine adjustments in addition to the manual regulation controls on the device. Working with its board of advisors, MAINGEAR looks to garner support for fast FDA approval under these extreme circumstances.
The American Hospital Association is currently evaluating a need for up to 960,000 ventilators in the United States alone. This could definitely be a huge help. CEO and Founder of Maingear, Wallace Santos, released the following statement:
It was clear once this situation began to escalate that something had to be done. Within days of assembling our team, we had our first prototype ventilator ready to go. Besides the lack of medical supplies and equipment, we think there will be a shortage of medical professionals who can operate these devices especially in field hospitals, so we also made it incredibly simple to use. Now we need help getting the word out to the appropriate people.
Nahush Mokadam, Director of Cardiac Surgery at Ohio State University and a member of the Medical Advisory Board of Maingear, added:
We are experiencing the first wave of the pandemic. The lack of critical equipment such as ventilators is a key limitation in our response. This ventilator has the advantage of being portable, rugged, and easily operated by frontline personnel.