The international demand for modified sleep apnea devices to help COVID-19 patients is rising fast. We recently shipped devices to Ecuador and we’ve got shipments prepared to send to Haiti and Malawi any day now. Meanwhile, other countries have been reaching out inquiring about devices too, including India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Brazil, Peru and Mexico. Clearly there is a strong need for these devices in many parts of the world where infection rates are high and ventilator supplies are low.
The devices enable hospitals to save more lives without paying tens of thousands of dollars each for ventilators. Doctors who have used the devices estimate that by having the modified sleep apnea solutions they’re able to keep one-third of patients off ventilators who otherwise would have to use them. Given that the majority of patients who are put on ventilators don’t survive, this option means many more people will survive. The cost of these units is a fraction of what it would cost to buy a new or used device. Ventilators cost between $6,000 and $15,000 each while these modified devices with parts and mask are only about $100 each.
The international shipments represent a milestone and demonstrate the power of collaboration. This effort was driven by engineers, doctors, universities, and corporations both domestic and international. We were lucky to connect with Salesforce, developers Persistent, Apogee and our hospital and university partners, including UC Berkeley, UCSF, Stanford, University of Miami and Hospital Universitario Infanta Leonor in Madrid.
However, we are a small group of volunteers and we have come to a point where we need help to scale the effort to meet demand internationally and in the United States. So we’re seeking a partner for the next phase of the mission. There are many millions of unused sleep apnea machines in the U.S. and they can readily be made available to people all around the world. In order to adequately meet the demand and scale we need an organization, company or individual(s) who can provide money and/or resources to help scale the effort. If you are interested in helping out please contact us at: email@example.com.
Meanwhile, we are still accepting donations of sleep apnea machines, which are an easy to use and affordable alternative to ventilators. We’ve received millions of dollars worth of donated sleep apnea units from all over the U.S. and we need more to meet growing demand.
We also have a GoFundMe site where people can make financial donations to VentilatorSOS to help pay for shipments of devices to hospitals in countries that need them. Our GoFundMe site is here.
Thank you to all of the generous people who have donated sleep apnea machines, money, time and other resources to VentilatorSOS. We couldn’t have done it without all your help.