Navigation Links
Missouri Firm's New Ventilator Design Addresses Serious Homeland Security Issue
Date:10/8/2008

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mass casualty incidents -- such as terrorist attacks, pandemic flu outbreaks or natural calamities like earthquakes or hurricanes -- raise the life-and-death reality that existing medical equipment is not adequate to provide treatment for all who need it. One of the most critical gaps is the lack of ventilators for people requiring respiratory support.

Disaster specialists and health care professionals know that mass casualty events could mean that:

-- skilled hospital personnel would be overwhelmed by the number of patients requiring mechanical ventilation;

-- mechanical ventilation for people with respiratory failure might have to be provided outside acute care hospitals, including in the field with caregivers, patients and care equipment exposed to the elements;

-- electrical power may not be available, possibly for several days or even longer.

A company in Missouri -- Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. -- has addressed these tough requirements by developing the first ventilator designed from inception to meet the unique demands of mass casualty incidents.

"Hospital ventilators are highly effective in the hands of skilled respiratory therapists. However, they also are very expensive, immobile, fragile and depend on a functioning power grid," said Earl Refsland, chief executive officer of Allied Healthcare. "In the event of a mass casualty event, we simply can not depend on hospital ventilators alone. That's why Allied decided to work on this solution."

With input from the medical community, disaster specialists and first responders, Allied designed the Mass Casualty Ventilator (MCV)100, a life-support device that is small, light weight, rugged, low-cost, easy to maintain and, importantly, easy to operate by non-specialists after simple instruction. The MCV100 recently received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

"The MCV100 is a 'force multiplier' for disasters," said Kevin Kroupa, vice president of engineering at Allied. "It will mean that volunteers can deliver life-saving ventilation to large numbers of people, allowing health care professionals to use their skills to greatest advantage."

The 14-pound MCV100 costs from $2835 to $3532, depending on functionality, versus about $30,000 for the typical hospital ventilator that weighs about 100 pounds and is tethered to fixed connections that make it immobile and, therefore, unavailable for use outside a hospital.

Also unlike a hospital ventilator, Allied's MCV100 can be powered by its internal rechargeable battery or ordinary electric power. The battery runs the ventilator for 21 hours if compressed oxygen is used. If compressed oxygen is not available, the battery will power the unit for seven hours. Auxiliary battery packs will be made available that will deliver 42 hours of run time when operated with compressed oxygen and 14 hours without compressed oxygen. Batteries recharge in five and 10 hours, respectively, for the internal battery and auxiliary pack.

"Allied will introduce another MCV ventilator in about two months that can run exclusively on compressed oxygen or air if that is the only power source available or be powered by AC current or internal battery," said Jack Dabrowski, Allied product manager for emergency products.

The MCV100 offers tidal volume (the amount of air breathed in and out) settings of 200 to 1200 milliliters and eight to 20 breaths per minute, oxygen mixing capability, breath-assist function for spontaneous breathing, full array of audible and visual safety alarms and a rechargeable battery with a three-year shelf life, Dabrowski said.

The MCV100 meets all requirements in the American Association for Respiratory Care's "Guidelines for Acquisition of Ventilators to Meet Demands for Pandemic Flu and Mass Casualty Incidents" report of May 25, 2006.

About Allied Healthcare Products, Inc.

Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: AHPI) manufactures a variety of respiratory products used in the healthcare industry in a range of hospital and alternate care site settings including sub-acute care facilities, home healthcare and emergency medical care. The Company's product lines include respiratory care products, medical gas equipment and emergency medical products. Its products are marketed to hospitals, hospital equipment dealers, hospital construction contractors, home healthcare dealers and emergency medical products dealers.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Allied Healthcare Products, Inc.
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Racial disparities decline for cancer in Missouri
2. The Health Insurance Advocate Radio Show Expands to Springfield, Missouri, and Reaches a New All-Time Ratings High for Female Listenership
3. Leading Neurologist Opens Missouri Baptist Medical Centers First MS Center
4. Ambulatory Services of America, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Dialysis Operations in St. Louis, Missouri
5. Sanford-Brown College Students Help in Missouri Flood Relief
6. The SCOOTER Store Donates Power Wheelchair to Terminally Ill Great-Grandfather in Missouri
7. ACS Announces $57 Million Contract With Missouri HealthNet
8. MU research team releases first Missouri Hunger Atlas
9. Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT Acquires Chesterfield Rehabilitation Center in Chesterfield, Missouri in a Joint Venture with Duke Realty
10. TriWest Contributes $15,000 to Missouri National Guard Fund
11. University of Missouri Veterinarian Wins Americas Best Vet Honor; Four Regional Winners Also Named
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/5/2016)... NY & Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) , ... February 05, ... ... Founder of Activz Whole-Food Nutrition , announced that the much-anticipated feature with author ... the New Really Cool Humans Amateur TV Network. , Each week, on his weekly ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... The event is being held ... Event Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Triumph Over Parkinson’s will fund nearly $100,000 for research ... Schneiderman’s Furniture, lives with Parkinson’s disease and is the architect of this informative event ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... addition of micro-needling services in their Napa Valley office. The technique utilizes the ... Surgery Associates, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas, are part of only a select ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... H. Van Allen have signed a joint enrollment and degree completion agreement. ... toward associate and baccalaureate degrees at FHU|Dickson. , The agreement allows students ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community through a ... to once again host, Swirl, A Wine Tasting Event at the La Gorce ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... , Feb. 4, 2016 Summary Breast ... cancer and the most common cancer in women worldwide, ... disease exceedingly prevalent. The number of women diagnosed with ... but the number of deaths has declined due to ... treatment has been revolutionized in the past four decades, ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... Feb. 4, 2016 Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE: ... 2015.  Provided below are the highlights: , ... compared with the prior year.  Reported sales decreased 3% ... quarter. , Net earnings per diluted share as ... prior- year period.  Adjusted EPS was $4.65, an increase ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... 2016  Blueprint Medicines Corporation (NASDAQ: BPMC ... selective investigational kinase medicines for patients with genomically ... board of directors of Lonnel Coats , ... of industry-related experience. Jeffrey Albers ... strong strategic experience developing and commercializing numerous oncology ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: