Radio Amateurs’ Ventilator Design Goes to FDA

A low-cost ventilator design developed with the assistance of radio amateurs will soon be on its way to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for review.

According to a recent posting on the ARRL website, the ventilator design was developed by a team of researchers at the University of Florida Health. The team included Dr. Gordon Gibby (KX4Z), a retired professor of anesthesiology at the school who also happens to be an electrical engineer and a radio amateur. Gibby teamed up with radio amateurs Bob Benedict (KD8CGH), Jack Purdum (W8TEE), Ashhar Farhan (VU2ESE) and others to design a ventilator controller schematic and then to build and test a trial printed circuit board prior to large-scale fabrication.

The team is now reportedly preparing an application to submit a working version of the ventilator system to the FDA for review under its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) protocol.

Read the complete text of the ARRL posting providing the latest developments on this low-cost ventilator effort.

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