Some people are jerry-rigging CPAPs, reports Vice, but these sorts of devices can’t sense how much oxygen is getting into a patient’s lungs and aren’t nuanced enough to support people with coronavirus-caused respiratory distress.

Another challenge for DIY or open-source ventilator proposals is approval by hospitals and regulatory agencies. As the burden of the pandemic worsens, regions may see deviations from their standards of care, Botta said, giving the example of triage in Italy. Even so, there is not a straightforward path to implementing DIY ventilators in hospitals.

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