Detroit doctor's ventilator idea is getting global attention

DETROIT — A Detroit emergency physician’s 15-year-old idea — rigging one ventilator to assist two or more patients — is gaining global attention, as the novel coronavirus pandemic causes skyrocketing hospitalization rates and doctors face a critical shortage of the life-saving breathing machines.Dr. Charlene Irvin Babcock, an emergency physician at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit, wrote a research paper with Dr. Greg Neyman in 2006, explaining that adaptations including T- or Y-shaped splitters on air flow tubes could allow a single ventilator to serve two people, four or even more.“It ...


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