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 is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.
The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
MetroHealth 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 research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.
Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.
The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.