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Always a Mess With Mary B

Mary T. Barra is GM's CEO.

Stupid GM

General Motors MUST immediately open their stupidly abandoned Lordstown plant in Ohio, or some other plant, and START MAKING VENTILATORS, NOW!!!!!! FORD, GET GOING ON VENTILATORS, FAST!!!!!!

Do This, Not That

It's not like one can make ventilators on the spot. GM and Ford are not tooled to do this immediately .

Ventilators are a regulated device.

Please consider Regulations Non-Medical Manufacturers May Need to Overcome to Tackle Ventilator Shortages.

Medical Device Developments editor Emma Green notes, it is by no means an easy process for manufacturers to navigate their way through.

“It’s quite a closed industry”, she says. “They are typically not looking at what other industries are doing, so it tends to be quite insular.

“In light of the complexity and sheer volume of regulation, the industry is relatively slow-moving compared to other sectors. Products typically take months and years to get to market, rather than weeks.

“Given existing legislative requirements – as well as the complexities involved in obtaining relevant components and tooling – there currently aren’t clear pathways to move forward in the way the government has suggested.”

That was a UK article but no doubt there are a mountain of regulation in the US as well.

And how easy is it to re-tool a product line in the first place, even if regulations were not an issue?

CPAP Machines Were Seen As Ventilator Alternatives, But Could Spread COVID-19

One reader emailed me regarding yet another conspiracy.

He claimed we could easily use CPAP machines.

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I instinctively discard such articles and today I have an answer: CPAP Machines Were Seen As Ventilator Alternatives, But Could Spread COVID-19

Officials and scientists have known for years that when used with a face mask, such alternative devices can possibly increase the spread of infectious disease by aerosolizing the virus, whether used in the hospital or at home.

Indeed, that very scenario may have contributed to the spread of COVID-19 within a Washington state nursing home that became ground zero in the United States.

There is a supply of CPAP machines for a reason: They cause problems.

Ventilator Hackathon

Medical Design has an interesting article on how an Open Source Ventilator Hackathon Could Help Fight the Coronavirus.

The German federal government held a hackathon called WirvsVirus (“We against the virus”) where 42,000 people met to find solutions to challenges from the coronavirus. Infineon engineers, led by Mahmoud Ismail who has a doctorate in lung mechanics, submitted a 3D print design and a design for the electronics and algorithms to develop and open-source lung ventilator.

The OpenVent team used the concept of a bag valve mask to make a ventilator with stepper motors, 3D printed components, motor drivers, sensors and Arduino compatible software. The team also used electronics and sensor technologies from Infineon.

“We’re working for the most simple concept possible so that others can work further on it. The objective is for hospitals to be able to order lung ventilators,” Nico Kelling, one of the engineers on the OpenVent team, said. “Naturally, this is also a showcase for our products. But that’s really a secondary factor for us. We hope our idea will make it possible to provide a large number of devices within a short period of time. We can save lives.”

Open Source Hackathon

Technical innovation may indeed solve the problem. But it has to be in cooperation with the medical industry.

Car manufacturers have zero qualified expertise. Neither does Trump.

Natural Ability

Please recall Trump said "I Know So Much About the Coronavirus Because of Natural Ability"

Despite his self-professed "natural ability" Trump truly made a complete ass out of himself today.

There is no polite way of putting it, and no denial of that fact either.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock