New Ventilator, With Technology Developed by MetroHealth Doctor, Fast-Tracked for Production
CLEVELAND – A new ventilator, with technology developed by a physician from The MetroHealth System, is being fast-tracked to help COVID-19 patients.
Dr. David Birnkrant created the BiWaze TM Cough system, an FDA-approved breathing device, for pediatric patients suffering from neuromuscular disease, but the science behind it is applicable to help other patients with respiratory distress.
The BiWaze Cough uses high-frequency bursts of air to dislodge mucus from the lungs and negative air pressure to extract the mucus. One circuit connects to the patient’s nose to assist with breathing, while a separate circuit attaches to the patient’s mouth for cough assistance.
The technology also allows the device to be used remotely, making it possible for caregivers to control the BiWaze Cough from outside of the room.
Advanced Bio Machines, a medical device company, is using the same internal mechanics behind the BiWaze Cough to create a new kind of ventilator for patients suffering from COVID-19.
“It will be better than anything that’s on the market,” said Chad Boerst, ABM President and Founder.
ABM’s new ventilator can be used to treat patients suffering from COVID-19.
Boerst hopes to have as many as 1,000 ventilators on the market by June, thanks in part to the FDA’s authority to accelerate production.
“The chance that we may use this to alleviate suffering during the pandemic is exciting and a huge opportunity to do some good on a humanitarian level,” Dr. Birnkrant said.
Dr. David Birnkrant and Chad Boerst are available for virtual interviews.
The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building and the 25 acres of green space around it are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.
MetroHealth broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40% and its number of employees by 21%. Today, its staff of 8,000 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75% of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.