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Will 12,700 units of the winning design of the COVENT-19 Innovation Challenge for a rapidly deployable mechanical ventilator be produced by 2020-07-15?
3D printing company Stratasys and medical product development company Ximedica have partnered to sponsor COVENT-19, a rapid innovation challenge designed to elicit submissions of rapidly deployable mechanical ventilators suitable for treating acute COVID-19 patients.
According to the Society of Critical Care Medicine:
U.S. acute care hospitals are estimated to own approximately 62,000 full-featured mechanical ventilators.
The addition of older hospital ventilators, SNS ventilators, and anesthesia machines increases the absolute number of ventilators to possibly above 200,000 units nationally.
A recent AHA webinar on COVID-19 projected that 30% (96 million) of the U.S. population will test positive, with 5% (4.8 million) being hospitalized. Of the hospitalized patients, 40% (1.9 million) would be admitted to the ICU, and 50% of the ICU admissions (960,000) would require ventilatory support.
Participants are given free access to Stratasys, GrabCAD and Valispace software, and then production will be supported by Ximedica:
Ximedica, with more than 30 years of expertise in medical device design and manufacturing, will align with regulatory agencies to take the winning device through the necessary safety and regulatory testing, thus ensuring compliance with national and international standards. We are currently in discussions with manufacturers, distributors and the public sector to deliver the final winning ventilator around the world.
On 2020-03-15, Dr. Anthony Fauci claimed that there were 12,700 ventilators in the US Strategic National Reserve. This question asks if the winner of the CONVENT-19 design challenge will match or exceed this number by 2020-07-15, specifically:
Will 12,700 or more units of the winning COVENT-19 design be produced by 2020-07-15?
Resolution will be positive if the Stratasys, Ximedica, or the COVENT-19 website announce that 12,700 or more units of the winning design have been produced. Resolution will also be positive to any credible new report of the same nature.
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