Single-use Ventilator Components
In addition to a shortage of ventilators, single-use parts for ventilators such as tubing and connectors are running low in hospitals. To relieve this shortage, Dr. Daniel Wiznia, assistant professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, is working with James Nikkel, associate director for instrumentation and education at the Wright Laboratory. After identifying eight ventilator parts as being in particularly short supply, the researchers used 3d printers to create prototypes of these parts, which were sent to local manufacturers to manufacture on a larger scale. The Deep River company Interpro has supplied a batch of these parts to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Although the hospital’s supply has run critically low, it hasn’t yet needed to use these 3D printed parts.