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The world needs one million ventilators in two weeks but they cost $60,000 each and take at least 4 weeks to build. We need emergency ventilators now to bridge that gap. Oxford researchers have the solution.

The world needs one million ventilators in two weeks but they cost $60,000 each and take at least 4 weeks to build. We need emergency ventilators now to bridge that gap. Oxford researchers have the solution.

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  1. They cost 20-25K, I watch them rise to 45K – Cuomo.

  2. You don’t just need ventilaters, you also need the highly trained healthcare workers as well. Unfortunately that’s the biggest bottleneck in this.

  3. Another make shift solution. Jesus, hire some engineers to crash teat the various 3D printed models and ship them out just in case. This is gonna be a 10,000 people die because they didn’t want an unapproved ventilator saving 9,000 and failing 1,000 times causing death and being sued for it like the person would be fine without it.

  4. I saw Cuomo show a “Manual” Ventilator that needs a human to pump the bag.

    It looked like about a $50 item. It was a facemask with a bag a human squeezes over and over to pump air into a humans lungs.

    Why does a machine that squeezes a bag cost $40000?

    It occured to me that this should be a super simple device to build. A variable speed motor with an adjustable “cam” mechanism to squeeze the bag.

    I realize they’re all pimped out with lots of features n stuff but this price feels like a failure of the free market.

  5. Where are you pulling these numbers? $60,000 each?

    The average cost of ventilators is between $20,000-$25,000, except in the U.S., where the price has skyrocketed to ~$45,000 because of capitalism, Trump, and the markets.

  6. … and then we need one million nurses to staff them, and 100,000 doctors to run them. Everyone seems to forget this crucial issue

  7. Couldn’t one build their own ventilators for personal use?

    I’m assuming that under an incredibly strained health care system, instead of dying at home, one would need to resort to diy solutions to at least try to stay alive.

    What a fucking time to be alive. Fuck!

  8. 1. A ventilator does not need to cost $60,000, and does not need to take 4 weeks to build.

    2. An unskilled worker / volunteer. can be trained in minutes to operate a ventilator manually; think family member. One trained health care worker can supervise many unskilled volunteer.

    3. The problems are: keeping the operators protected and distributing/ manufacturing ventilators where they are needed (think: undeveloped countries).

  9. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1OFMZDNKvU](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1OFMZDNKvU&t=624s)

    [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqRgISFuE0k](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqRgISFuE0k)

  10. Now the wait time begins, but KUDOS to the scientists ( as even manufacturing and parts specifications fit into that package) for stepping up into the void. The world is waiting for government go ahead.

  11. In Israel we are converting the ordinary ambulance manual ventilators to machine activated with arduinos and 3d printed parts. They are easy to come by and there is insane amount of citizens with home 3d printers that can answer the demand. Its a smaller country though, so not too sure if the solution is applicable to all countries

  12. $60,000 because of asshole trump and his greedy pals to profit off the #TrumpGenocide

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