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Appareo has announced its commitment to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services to produce 2,000 emergency ventilators by the end of the month.
Appareo is a privately-owned company that’s an established leader in the custom design, development and manufacture of innovative electronic and software solutions for the aerospace, agriculture, and defense industries. Like other businesses navigating the historic challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Appareo has been maintaining operations to meet the needs of its customers, while taking precautionary steps to protect the health and safety of its employees.
“While employee safety will continue to be our top priority, we wondered if there was more we could do to help our state and nation during this unprecedented time,” said David Batcheller, president and CEO, Appareo. “That opportunity presented itself in the form of an emergency ventilator project with the State of North Dakota.”
Within just a few weeks, Appareo will be manufacturing 2,000 devices to provide mechanical resuscitator compressions in the event that hospital ventilators are no longer available.
The Appareo device, “Appareo Vita,” is based on an open-source design that came out of the Coventor project, which originated at the University of Minnesota (UMN) and the Earl E. Bakken Medical Device Center. The device is not to be confused with a sophisticated hospital ventilator; rather, it’s more of a “one-armed robot” that was designed to fill the role of a human in an emergency situation where all ventilators are occupied and the last viable option for a respiratory patient is to have a healthcare worker manually squeeze a ventilation bag. This device would fill that role so that the healthcare worker can focus on other needs, if it came to that.