Sunday, March 22, 2020


Welcome to the AutoBVM project's website. This effort is focused on developing and distributing low cost, readily available, highly portable, and easy-to-use ventilators. To enhance safety, availability, and acceptance by the clinical community, our system is based upon adding a reusable actuation and sensing system to a variety of standard Bag-Valve-Mask (BVM) mechanical ventilators often used in emergency medicine.

This effort was initiated in response to ventilator shortages due to the coronavirus disease COVID-19 by a group of faculty and students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and is affiliated with and supported by :


PracticePoint is WPI’s membership-based development and testing facility. The goal of this alliance space is to advance healthcare technologies and launch better medical cyber- physical systems through collaboration across the spectrum of product development and implementation; it is a resource for designing, prototyping, and evaluating various medical devices along with an associated consortium of academics, industry, healthcare professionals, and users/patients. This includes a wide spectrum from rehabilitative devices to surgical robotics.

The facility comprises point-of-practice clinical care scenarios, including a fully instrumented living space, state-of-the-art motion capture lab, 2-bed modular patient care suite, MRI imaging, and a fully functional operating room co-located with advanced manufacturing capabilities, including a wide array of 3D printing, CNC manufacturing, and electronics assembly equipment and test capabilities.

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