The coronavirus epidemic has created a global shortage of ventilators. The most likely reason COVID-19 patients are admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is severe hypoxic respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation. Ventilators pump oxygen into the blood for vital organs. They are the main treatment for patients of COVID-19 according to the WHO guide to treating COVID-19. With so few ventilators available, the number of patients getting a ventilator is limited. The need around the world is here now.
Ocalink’s mission is to build and distribute an affordable, high-value ventilator to ease and prevent a global ventilator shortage. The Emergency Ventilator Project is the creation of Organization Covid Assistance, a Canadian corporation created specifically for this project. Principals are Adam Morand, President and CTO of A4 Systems, Corbin Lowe, Partner at Hoovest Enterprises Corp, and Peter Fang, Partner at Hoovest Enterprises Corp.
Teams: Contact manufacturing has been used to identify teams for all aspects of the project. From engineering, manufacturing, assembly to shipping and distribution. Teams have been sourced, vetted and trained for an identified purpose to suit the project. Teams to execute most of production have been procured, however we can still accept more clean room manufacturers and suppliers.
Subcomponents: Interchangeable subcomponents have been designed by engineering firms and are being built by dedicated teams of assembly lines. The design was chosen to provide the most abundance of parts available.
Regulations: Ventilators and medical equipment fall under Health Canada Interim Order in Canada and FDA Emergency Use Authorization in the USA.
Government: Prototype device has been presented for regulatory approval.
Vendors / Suppliers: We have created a Supply Chain for parts, which are being centrally purchased and shipped to each operating assembly line. Due to limited global supply we expect substitutions may have to be made along the way and have planned for that.
Engineering Firms: We have signed up over 50 engineering firms who will rapidly iterate one of the component designs and then follow through to assist with quality control of the crowd sourced assembly lines.
Manufacturing and Assembly: We have over 200 companies signed up that are manufacturing and assembling emergency ventilator units.