A Canadian doctor set up a ventilator with do-it-yourself mechanisms to treat nine patients instead of one.
Dr Alain Gauthier, anesthesiologist at Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital in Ontario, has a PhD in respiratory mechanics
According to CBC News, the doctor came up with the idea after seeing YouTube videos created by two Detroit doctors in 2006.
With health experts warning that several countries – including the United States – don’t have enough fans for a worse scenario, doctors have tried to figure out how to operate their medical equipment for multiple patients.
Dr Alain Gauthier, an anesthesiologist from Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital in Ontario, Canada (pictured), rigged one of the fans to treat nine patients instead of just one
To perform the activity, patients must be paired with similar lung size and capacity. Gauthier learned how to do it by watching YouTube videos created by two Detroit doctors in 2006 (left and right)
His colleague shared photos of the makeup fan on Twitter, jokingly calling him an “evil genius” (above)
Canadian Press reports that to perform the operation, patients must be paired with similar lung size and capacity.
Hence, multiple hoses are connected to a single fan, so it works multiple times of its normal power.
Dr Gauthier said he feared that his hospital may not be able to supply the number of fans needed for the high-risk population.
“At some point we may have no other options,” he told CBC News.
‘The option could be good, let’s let people die or give it a chance.’
According to the Canadian Press, dr. Gauthier says the idea has already tried once, for the victims of the mass shootings in Las Vegas in 2017.
His colleague, Alan Drummond, shared photos of the makeup fan, praising Dr. Gauthier’s work and jokingly called him “an evil genius”.
“So in ten minutes the evil genius who is one of our GP anesthesiologists (with a doctorate in diaphragmatic mechanics) increased the capacity of our ventilator in rural hospitals from one to nine !!!” he tweeted.
The tweet has been appreciated more than 63,000 times and has been retweeted more than 14,000 times.
“Please share exactly what has made it so that we can share and get to hospitals and everywhere!” wrote a Twitter user.
‘Whoever needs it, give a GREAT GREASE, another tweeted.
Even Elon Musk, billionaire and founder of Tesla and SpaceX, commented, writing: “Interesting discussion”.
The tweet has been appreciated more than 63,000 times and has been commented on by many including billionaire Elon Musk (above)
In the United States, companies are looking to speed up the production of fans like coronavirus the epidemic continues to sweep the nation.
Currently, American hospitals have around 170,000 fans that could be put into service if necessary.
But the country may actually need nearly 742,000 for a severe pandemic scenario, according to a 2005 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pandemic plan
Manufacturers face numerous obstacles, including fundraising, a lack of contracts, and rapid approval by agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Additionally, although such problems can be resolved quickly, fans may not be available for at least 11 months, according to the MIT Technology Review.