Earlier,media reported that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory had developed a prototype of a ventilator called VITAL. New machines have fewer parts, are less difficult to assemble, and can be manufactured faster than conventional equipment. While reducing costs, the ventilator is available as a priority for patients with COVID-19 light disease, thus freeing a window for traditional ventilators for patients with severe neo-coronavirus. The latest news is that VITAL has been approved by the FDA.
Doctors involved in the test praised the prototype of the ventilator (pictured: NASA)
NASA on Thursday approved a new ventilator designed by JPL engineers in 37 days.
Last week, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York launched a rigorous test of the device, sparking intense attention. NASA then applied to the FDA for emergency use authorization and quickly obtained approval.
NASA Builds Donald Prototype for Coronavirus Patients (via)
“We want to get our products into practice as quickly as possible, and the next step is to try to find manufacturers in the healthcare industry,” said Fred Farina, chief innovation and enterprise partner at Caltech.
For JPL engineers who are proficient in spacecraft design, shifting the focus to the makers of ventilators seems to be a bit of a big deal.
However, in the face of the critical situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DEVELOPMENT of VITAL ventilators is expected to significantly reduce costs and free up access to traditional ventilators for seriously ill patients.
Michelle Easter, an electrical and mechanical engineer, said: “Given the ability to save potential lives, everyone is committed to the development of the project. This magical device is likely to help many people we know, such as neighbors and family members.”