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A low‐cost field ventilator: An urgent global need

Nachiappan, Nitish, Koo, Jung Moses, CHOCKALINGAM, Nachiappan and Scott, Timothy E (2021) A low‐cost field ventilator: An urgent global need. Health Science Reports, 4 (3). ISSN 2398-8835

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Modern ventilators are increasingly compact and able to deliver a wide range of ventilator modes and sophisticated monitoring capabilities. However, the global availability of ventilators is woefully short of demand. Data on intensive care units (ICUs), a proxy measure for hospital ventilator capacity in low and middle-income countries (LMIC's), suggest that capacity is extremely limited where it exists at all. In LMIC's, the four most common indications for mechanical ventilation (MV) in ICUs are post-surgical care, sepsis, trauma, and maternal peripartum or neonatal complications. A significant majority of these cases can be managed with intervention involving a short course of MV. Widespread and timely access to MV can thus effectively be used to help patients in these settings and improve outcomes. This paper implores this need and highlights the requirements for a low-cost ventilator or a respiratory support device.

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Additional Information: This is the published version of the following article: Nachiappan, N, Koo, JM, Chockalingam, N, Scott, TE. A low-cost field ventilator: An urgent global need. Health Sci Rep. 2021; 4:e349. available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: developing countries, intensive care units, LMIC, peripartum period, respiration, artificial, ventilators, mechanical
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Nachiappan CHOCKALINGAM
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2021 15:04
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 14:02

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