VT-ASQ Presents: June’s Free Webinar.  COVID-19 Call to Action: The Vermontilator 2017
VT-ASQ Presents: June’s Free Webinar. COVID-19 Call to Action: The Vermontilator
COVID-19 Call to Action: The Vermontilator
A Rapid-Cycle Design, Build & FDA-Approval Initiative by UVM

 Overview:   In early March, a team at UVM had an idea for an easy-to-produce, inexpensive ventilator in response to the call from the Department of Health for help in addressing the ventilator shortage in the US.  In three months, the team prototyped a novel concept, built pre-production units, tested them per the FDA EUA (emergency use approval) process, and submitted FDA documents  April 19th and June 5thfor review and approval. In addition, VMEC responded to the call for help by lining up a consortium of Vermont manufacturers to fabricate parts and assemble the units.
Working and meeting virtually, 7 days a week for over two months, an idea by Dr. Jason Bates (UVM Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering) was turned into a device that, when approved by the FDA, could have important value to pandemic healthcare responders in the U.S. as well as in many developing countries. 
The presentation will cover:
  • Why people sustain injury and possible death when put on a ventilator for prolonged periods (as in COVID-19).
  • How a simple ventilator design brings not only feasibility benefits but also a solution to the problem of ventilator-induced lung injury.
  • How the team maintained their commitment to the project as it evolved over the past three months.
  • The Vermont resources that came together to make it happen, including Vermont manufacturers.
  • The role of the UVM IMF Labs prototyping shop in design development, prototyping & testing of the Vermontilator.
  • The FDA EUA process: how it differed from the usual processes involved in FDA device approval.
Date & Time
Tuesday June 30th, 2020 10:45am CDT
End Date & Time
Tuesday June 30th, 2020 12:00pm CDT
Zoom Meeting (**)
Host Type
Webinar Link / Meeting Instructions
To Pre-Register:
Email your name & email (for zoom meeting) to:
Tim King c/o VT ASQ:  vermontasq@gmail.com
(**) You will then be sent the Zoom link 24-hrs prior to the event 
Additional Information
About the Presenters:
Jason H.T. Bates is a respiratory biomedical engineer and physiologist working predominately in the field of lung mechanics with a focus on the biophysical mechanisms of airways responsiveness and the pathophysiology of ventilator-induced lung injury. Dr. Bates spent the earlier part of his career until 1999 in the Meakins-Christie Laboratories of McGill University. He is currently a Professor of Medicine, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, and Electrical & Biomedical Engineering at the University of Vermont. From 2010-14 he also served as Interim Director of the University of Vermont School of Engineering. Dr. Bates has co-authored more than 290 peer-reviewed scientific papers as well as numerous other articles. In 2009 he authored a book published by Cambridge University Press entitled “Lung Mechanics. An Inverse Modeling Approach”. Dr. Bates is Deputy Editor for the Journal of Applied Physiology, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, a Fellow of the American Thoracic Society, and a Senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers.
Michael Lane is the Director of the University of Vermont’s IMF Labs (a research prototyping facility) and the Technical Services Partnership (a provider of comprehensive healthcare technology management for clients’ biomedical and lab equipment).  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in Biomedical engineering and a Masters in Business Administration. Michael is a member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) with a CMQ/OE certification, the American Association for Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).   

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