Go read this story about an FDA-approved ventilator developed in just a month
The Spiro Wave is a “bridge” ventilator that can help patients to breath. | Image: Newlab, 10xBeta, Boyce Technologies and Otherlab
Last Friday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the Spiro Wave, a “bridge” ventilator that helps patients to breathe when they’re condition is not critical enough to require a standard ventilator. What’s remarkable is that the device was brought to market over the course of just a month, after New York City realized it was facing a critical shortage of ventilators. It’s a great story, and this account of its development in The New York Times is well worth reading.
The effort kicked off in March when warnings started coming in from Italy that the US would shortly be facing a critical shortage of ventilators. At first, it seemed impossible to develop such a complicated machine quickly enough.
“But they soon found a design for a…