A Stanford team has won second place in this year's Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Award (BMEidea) Competition.
The team's winning entry, called OneBreath, is a low-cost ventilator designed to treat acute respiratory distress patients in pandemics, emergency environments and developing countries. In addition to being less expensive than conventional ventilators, the device is rechargeable, portable and disposable. The team was awarded a $2,500 cash prize.
OneBreath inventor Matthew Callaghan, MD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Stanford Biodesign Program, is also a Popular Science 2010 Invention Award winner.
The low-cost ventilator calculates the amount of air in a patient's lungs using software, and then instructs a compressor to deliver additional air through a valve system.