A face mask may appear to just be a humble piece of fabric, but it has the potential to completely change the course of the pandemic that we are currently facing. However, the right masks must be worn, and worn correctly, in order for them to achieve maximum efficacy.
In March 2020, RespiraWorks was founded as a response to the onset of COVID-19. Since then, RespiraWorks has grown into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with over 200 volunteers across the globe. In the past several months, the team has reached multiple milestones while continuing to move towards a fully-functional Reference Design.
COVID-19 resulted in an outpouring of volunteer groups looking to design open-source ventilators. VentOS volunteers seek to support these groups. Their mission is to create an embedded operating system that will enable groups to develop safe and effective ventilators for diverse medical settings.
A group of global volunteers are currently prototyping Tetra, a Four-Way Ventilator Splitter. This new splitter is intended to maximize the capacity of a single machine as a last resort solution for under-resourced hospitals by potentially allowing for the treatment of two to four patients at once from a single ventilator.
Jamie Waters is a Helpful Engineering volunteer who serves as the project manager for Tetra. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jaime started working on Tetra, which is a four-way ventilator splitter. In this interview, he discusses how he got involved in Helpful Engineering and explains how Tetra works.