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 to make donated CPAP machines available to hospitals and to provide hospitals receiving them with the necessary information to reconfigure those CPAP machines into special use ventilators. Those repurposed CPAP machines can be used in medically supervised situations for patients that need ventilation but do not require the full support of a standard hospital ventilator.
Ventilator SOS is an all-volunteer program started by students and alumni of the UC Berkeley School of Engineering. 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.