With the novel coronavirus pandemic causing a shortage of medical supplies in the U.S., various manufacturing houses have proactively come forward to find a solution to this issue. Renowned consumer electronics distributor, Almo Corporation and green energy company Bloom Energy Corp. have recently come forward and joined forces to refurbish and ship out-of-warranty, unused ventilators to state hospitals and agencies across the nation.
This move comes in the wake of rising number of troubled patients that are facing critical respiratory issues due to COVID-19.
According to reliable sources, Bloom would refurbish ventilators, while Almo would utilize its nationwide logistics network to deliver them from/to Bloom’s production plants in Delaware and California for refurbishment and to those state hospitals and agencies that require them the most.
Meanwhile, the Society of Critical Care Medicine has published its estimations, slating that nearly 960,000 COVID-19 patients in the U.S. might require ventilators in the coming time, however, at this point in time, facilities only possess nearly 200,000 working ventilators.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said that currently the country has 12,700 ventilators in its stockpile. Besides, approximately a thousand more such ventilators that have reached their end-of-service life are sitting idle.
Reportedly, Bloom is collaborating with Stanford Health Care’s biomedical engineers to test its refurbished ventilators’ functionality.
According to KR Sridhar, Chairman, Founder and CEO, Bloom Energy, said that the company has to help the federal healthcare in this pandemic. Manufacturing has always been its backbone and their firm believes that refurbishing ventilators would allow the nation to stand strong during this crisis.
Meanwhile, Gavin Newsom, Governor, California, commented that Bloom Energy has actively come forward to meet the supply shortage. Ventilators offer the most efficient intervention for coronavirus patients in critical care, and the refurbished ventilators would hugely benefit hospitals as they save more lives.