BYU graduates, students create compact, low-cost ventilator

Jun 22, 2020, 12:36 PM

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Photo credit: Nate Edwards/BYU © BYU PHOTO 2020 All Rights Reserved (801)422-7322


PROVO, Utah — A group of BYU graduates and students have created a compact and low-cost ventilator that has now been approved for use during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Compared to other ventilators, this ventilator is smaller, it’s lighter weight, it’s more sustainable with its internal pump and internal battery,” said NeoNatal Rescue co-founder Kindall Palmer.

The ventilator started out as a project 8 years ago to help premature babies in third-world countries.

With a little tweaking, the AdultLife Ventilator can be produced quickly and cheaply.

There have been shortages because of “companies having custom parts and not being able to quickly produce thousands of them in several months. Our ventilator is locally made, with parts that are easily obtainable,” said NeoNatal Rescue co-founder Erica Palmer.

The Palmers are BYU grads. Fellow graduates and graduate students are helping with the project.

“We’ve been working with respiratory therapists at the hospital and other doctors and every single time we go, they say, ‘we need this ventilator built yesterday,’” said AdultLife team member Andy Armstrong.

Adultlife Ventilator created by NeoNatal Rescue. Photo credit: Nate Edwards/BYU © BYU PHOTO 2020 All Rights Reserved  (801)422-7322 A project that started at BYU years ago to create affordable neonatal ventilators has shifted gears in the pandemic. Now alums Kindall and Erica Palmer, with assistance from current students, are adapting their ventilator for adult use in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re working now to receive emergency FDA approval for use of the ventilators here in the United States. Photo credit: Nate Edwards/BYU © BYU PHOTO 2020 All Rights Reserved  (801)422-7322 Photo credit: Nate Edwards/BYU © BYU PHOTO 2020 All Rights Reserved  (801)422-7322 Photo credit: Nate Edwards/BYU © BYU PHOTO 2020 All Rights Reserved  (801)422-7322 Photo credit: Nate Edwards/BYU © BYU PHOTO 2020 All Rights Reserved  (801)422-7322 Photo credit: Nate Edwards/BYU © BYU PHOTO 2020 All Rights Reserved  (801)422-7322

The FDA gave them emergency approval to use the compact ventilator during the pandemic.

They are starting by building 500 a month. They’ll work up to several thousand a month.

It’s being produced in Springville with the help of ATL Technology.

They are also working with the World Health Organization, Department of Defense, FEMA and various hospital chains.

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National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

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BYU graduates, students create compact, low-cost ventilator