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Date:10/8/2008

ultiplier' 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.

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