CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - It’s called “Second Breath,” and this piece of equipment will save lives.
“Without this ventilator there are a lot of folks who might not have a chance at a breath," said Dr. Mada Helou, from University Hospitals.
Three Cleveland organizations put their innovative skills, knowledge and can-do attitude together to create and manufacturer a breathing pump that will alleviate some of the demand for ventilators, all across the country. The organizations just received FDA approval for the device for emergency use.
“We like to respond to things, and more importantly the team likes to respond. There were eight engineers that developed this and these guys wanted to do something and they came to me," said Dan T. Moore, president and CEO, Dan T. Moore Co.
It collaborated with several other organizations and in three weeks, designed “Second Breath.”
“Coronavirus’ main target is the lungs. It effects many organs, but it has a profound effect on our ability to hold oxygen within our blood," said Dr. Helou.
Experts said an average ventilator costs anywhere from $20,000 and up to $100,000. Second Breath costs about $6,000.
Dan T. Moore Co. has made about 36 ventilators and they’re ready to ship out around the world. Engineers told 19 News they can design about a hundred ventilators a day.
“I am proud that Ohio companies like Second Breath are stepping up and helping lead the coronavirus response efforts. Health care systems across the country are in desperate need of additional ventilators for those struggling to recover from COVID-19 which is why I was happy to help Second Breath connect with the appropriate contacts in the administration as it sought approval to produce ventilators,” said Senator Rob Portman (R-OH).
“Now that they have received federal approval, these ventilators, newly-produced in Ohio, will help our hard-working health care professionals as they treat those suffering from the coronavirus pandemic. I will continue to do anything I can to ensure our health care professionals have everything they need to do their important work.”
The team tells 19 News they are proud.
“I think great innovation comes under pressure and when the COVID-19 surge showed up folks thought you know what, we need to respond to this quickly,” said Dr. Helou. “Everything about this says Cleveland. It speaks helping people and it speaks collaboration,” she said. “Cleveland, you’ve done this!”