Israeli Non-Profit May Solve the Ventilator Crisis

Jonathan Gerber interviews Dr. Eitan Eliram of Ambovent

Ambovent is an Israeli nonprofit targeting two of the biggest obstacles in fighting the coronavirus and providing proper healthcare to people in developing countries: the shortage and high cost of ventilators. Ambovent created a ventilator which uses a mechanical arm and snowblower motor to pump a resuscitator (or Ambu) directly to a patient’s lungs. The mechanical arm can be adjusted to control breathing speed, inflation pressure, and air volume with exact precision. While traditional ventilators can run around $40,000, Ambovent can be made for about $500 to $1,000.

In the interview, Dr. Eliram explains the origins of Ambovent and the progress since their ventilator was developed.

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