The Ventilator Project

The Ventilator Project


Our project team is working together to discuss the development of an innovative 3D printed origami portable ventilator. Traditional ventilators have airbags that can prematurely breakdown with extended usage due to the repeated compression cycles. In addition, traditional ventilators are costly and not easily portable. There is a need for improved ventilators and airbags for situations such as patient transportation and remote care settings. In this ventilator project, the 3D designed airbag utilizes a pattern of linear creases or fold lines inspired by origami-based patterns. The 3D printing allows for more cost-effective production as well as a sufficiently small size that may result in more ease of portability.

This project highlights the importance of engaging frontline healthcare clinicians early in the process when developing healthcare technologies. It also demonstrates how both the engineering team and healthcare providers can mutually benefit from collaboration at the beginning of the project.

We’ve applied for a provisional patent for the design; the following document details how the ventilator works and the current state of the project. If you want to learn more, please read through it!

The Ventilator Project Our project team is working together to discuss the development of an innovative 3D printed origami portable ventilator. Traditional ventilators have airbags that can prematurely breakdown with extended usage due to the repeated compression cycles. In addition, traditional ventilators are costly and not easily portable. There is a need for improved ventilators […]

https://sn-idea-2021.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2021/06/2020-003-Ventilator-and-Airbag-for-a-Ventilator.pdf


Involvement of frontline clinicians in healthcare technology development: Lessons learned from a ventilator project

A research paper discussing this project has been published as of 2022. Through the dissemination of our work, our team hopes to encourage a similar collaboration process for future technology developments. Read our paper by downloading it below: Involvement of frontline clinicians in healthcare technology development: Lessons learned from a ventilator project


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Our Team


This project is a collaboration joining the UBC IDEA Lab, healthcare clinicians at the Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), and Dr. Woo Soo Kim’s Additive Manufacturing Lab at Simon Fraser University (SFU).

UBC IDEA Lab: Dr. Lillian Hung, Margaret Lin, Ali Hussein. See our ‘About Us’ page to learn more about our lab members.

VGH Intensive Care Unit: 20 clinicians

SFU Additive Manufacturing Lab: Dr. Woo Soo Kim, Tae-Ho Kim

Dr. Woo Soo Kim
woosook@sfu.ca
Tae-Ho Kim
taehok@sfu.ca

To learn more about the SFU Additive Manufacturing Lab, go to: hyperlinked website here.