Montreal hospitals launch ventilator design challenge amid coronavirus pandemic

A new and potentially life-saving initiative has been launched seeking individuals or corporations to design a ventilator that can eventually be built and used during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The competition is sponsored by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and the Montreal General Hospital Foundation.

The Code Life Ventilator Challenge is looking for the best ideas from anywhere in the world to compete.

Ventilators are in short supply in many parts of the world as physicians rely on them to help treat and patients who’ve contracted the deadly disease.

“I think a big part of this challenge is looking at design solutions that could be shared so that it could be made available to many, and therefore you’re not necessarily limited by current manufacturers,” Jean-Guy Gourdeau, Montreal General Hospital Foundation CEO, told Global News.

The MUHC currently has 235 ventilators, enough to meet existing demand, spokesperson Annie-Claire Fournier, told Global News in an email Thursday.

But the researchers behind the initiative want hospitals to be prepared in the event there is a surge in demand as the number of COVID-19 cases increases.

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