Good Question: Can CPAP machines be used as ventilator alternatives?

Nikki Rudd
Created: March 31, 2020 06:31 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — We've been hearing about the need for ventilators across the country for coronavirus patients. Some of you asked us if CPAP machines could be used as an alternative.

Last week, News10NBC’s Brennan Somers took that question to Rochester Oxygen and CPAP.

At that point, the answer was no. They said CPAP machines provide continuous positive airway pressure, but wouldn't ventilate a patient.

News10NBC’s Nikki Rudd learned Mercedes is currently joining the fight against the coronavirus.

The car company's Formula 1 engineers are reverse engineering CPAP machines, used in Italian and Chinese hospitals, to be mass-produced.

They say the newly designed machines can help coronavirus patients who are out of intensive care and UK health officials have already recommended the device for use.

Reports indicate about half of the patients using the device have avoided the need for a ventilator.

Following clinical trials, Mercedes could produce up to 1,000 of them each day.

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