Sleep apnea machines can be retrofitted as breathing support for those with COVID-19.
Welcome, Ventilator SOS has chosen to operate as a a project of Survivors for Good, a California non-profit corporation.
The goal of this project is to make donated CPAP machines available to hospitals and to provide hospitals receiving them with the necessary components and information to reconfigure those CPAP machines into special use ventilators. Those repurposed CPAP machines can be used in medically supervised situations for patients who need ventilation but do not require the full support of a standard hospital ventilator.
We are a collaboration of volunteers at universities (UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, Stanford, Univ. of Miami and Hospital Universitario Infanta Leonor in Madrid) with businesses (W2O, Mission North, Salesforce and Apogee), dedicated to a common mission of helping doctors save lives. The donors of the CPAP machines, and all other volunteers in the program are doing so without compensation in order to make a personal contribution to a critical need in the era of this pandemic. The hospitals receiving and reconfiguring the machines are responsible for their use.