Rapid Respirator Capacity

VentilatorPAL and VentilatorPAL Pro offer a solution for the acute lack of respirators for COVID-19 patients around the world. Our ventilators can only be used under supervision of a doctor.

VentilatorPAL is available as an open source low-cost DIY kit that can be assembled by anyone. The ventilator’s schematics and software can also be downloaded for free as an open source project.

VentilatorPAL Pro is a medically certified version with upgraded build-quality that can be used in complement with high-end ventilators to free up capacity at the IC.

Medical professionals

VentilatorPAL Pro turns a respirator into an automated ventilator with a digital interface for setting Tidal Volume (TV), Inhale/Exhale ratio (I/E) and Respiratory Rate (RR).

Public authorities

VentilatorPAL Pro is medically certified and can be quickly produced to scale, to meet the increasing and urgent demand for ventilators.

Open source

VentilatorPAL is accessible to all as an open source project. Use only under medical supervision. Self-assembled units are not medically certified.

News & Updates

  • April 3, 2020
    FreeBreathing and Canon Join forces to boost series production

    As global demands rise rapidly, we need to be able to ramp up our production capacity even more. Today we can announce the collaboration with Canon, together with NTS-Group they will be of invaluable help in this crisis. Canon’s deep knowledge of setting-up and implementing volume production will further increase our impact! https://cpp.canon/products-technologies/

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  • April 1, 2020
    FreeBreathing teams up with NTS-Group

    We are happy to announce our cooperation with the NTS-Group, an essential step in out journey to mass production of the Ventilator PAL pro. The knowledge and expertise of NTS, based in the high-tech area of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, will further speed up our quest to deliver as many ventilators as possible in a short […]

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  • March 27, 2020
    VentilatorPAL & introducing VentilatorPAL Pro

    After releasing our website last Monday night, we are overwhelmed with requests and help offers. We are astonished about the impact our initiative has! We noted that the open source VentilatorPAL is especially interesting for African and Asian. However, many people contacting us from the Europe and the US, claim that we need to deliver […]

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VentilatorPAL / PAL Pro

VentilatorPAL and VentilatorPAL Pro were designed to meet the requirements of doctors at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. It gives them sufficient functionality and flexibility to treat patients when fully-fledged and complex ventilators are not available. This can mean the difference between life and death.

Downloads will be available on Monday April 6, 2020

TECHNICAL

SPECIFICATIONS

Size (LxWxH): 250x200x110
Operating voltage: 18-24 Vdc
Power options:
Mains Power supply -and/or- External battery -and- Internal emergency battery
Human interface: Machine -and/or- mobile app

Control, Machine:
  • Tidal Volume (TV)
  • Inhale/Exhale ratio (I/E)
  • Respiratory Rate (RR)
Aux port I/O:
  • 4x digital I/O
  • 2x Analog inputs
Control, Mobile app:
  • Tidal Volume (TV) ml/kg
  • Inhale/Exhale ratio (I/E)
  • Respiratory Rate (RR)
  • Automatic calculation of tidal
    volume by Gender and length
Future optional features:
  • Air pressure sensor
  • SPo2 sensor
  • O2 Inlet valve
HELP US OUT

DONATE

We are working day-and-night to design, test and manufacture VentilatorPAL, an open source initiative. Your financial support means we can urgently realize our vision of putting ventilators in the hands of medical professionals around the world. Join us on this journey and help us fight COVID-19. Any donation will help maintain low costs and speedy production of the open source VentilatorPAL.
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For donations using BitCoins:
BTC Address: 3Pb85eLi5ExpKAcf8E7HA1Ti5AKowWivi8
Many thanks for all the donations and pre-orders!
We will update the amount once or twice a week.
INTERESTED

PRE-ORDERS

We are currently taking pre-orders for VentilatorPAL and VentilatorPAL Pro. Both versions are meant to be used by medical professionals and medical authorities. 
The VentilatorPAL can be purchased as a DIY kit that costs €320. This includes:
  • Including mechanical components, like: motor, bearings, axles, buts, bolts & housing
  • Embedded CPU with motor driver, LEDs and buttons
  • Possibility to control with app
  • Video/ Manual
We are currently organizing our manufacturing capabilities and cannot yet confirm exact delivery times and costs. Current estimated delivery time will be 2-4 weeks. Production date starts as we reach our goal of 1.000 (pre-) ordered pieces.

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WHO ARE WE

OUR TEAM

VentilatorPAL was designed and built by Cosmicnode and Stogger, two tech companies who believe that everybody should have access to a ventilator in times of medical crisis. That is why we made a simple design that is open source, meaning it is affordable and easy to manufacture.

Stefan Dorssers

FreeBreathing
Co-founder & Technical Director
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Aubert Dupont

FreeBreathing
Co-founder & Electrical Specialist
LinkedIn

Marcel van Aarle

FreeBreathing
Co-founder & Project Coordinator
LinkedIn

Pieter Peeters

FreeBreathing
Co-founder & General Manager
LinkedIn

Iben Molenkamp

Non-profit consultant


No LinkedIn

Ilja van Roon

Business Writer


LinkedIn

Hugo Touw MD PhD

Radboudumc
Intensivist
LinkedIn
WHO ARE WE

OUR TEAM

VentilatorPAL was designed and built by Stogger and Cosmicnode, two tech companies who believe that everybody should have access to a ventilator in times of medical crisis. That is why we made a simple design that is open source, meaning it is affordable and easy to manufacture.
  • Stefan Dorssers

    FreeBreathing
    Co-founder & Technical Director
    LinkedIn

    Aubert Dupont

    FreeBreathing
    Co-founder & Electrical Specialist
    LinkedIn

    Marcel van Aarle

    FreeBreathing
    Co-founder & Project Coordinator
    LinkedIn
  • Pieter Peeters

    FreeBreathing
    Co-founder & General Manager
    LinkedIn

    Iben Molenkamp

    Non-profit consultant


    No LinkedIn

    Hugo Touw MD PhD

    Radboudumc
    Intensivist

    LinkedIn
  • Ilja van Roon

    Business Writer


    LinkedIn

OUR AMBASSADORS

Maarten Steinbuch MSc PhD

Professor TU/e & co-CEO Eindhoven Medical Robotics

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Marcio Barradas

CEO and Founder of Moodbytes


LinkedIn

Gianfranco Pizzuto

Electric Car Pioneer & Co-Founder @ Fisker Automotive
LinkedIn

Willem-Jan 
van Loon

CEO and Founder of Beamler

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ANY QUESTIONS?

FAQ

Is this ventilator as good as a normal ventilator?

No. It is a very simple ventilator that transforms an ambu-bag or manual resuscitator in to a mechanical ventilator. A lung-protective ventilation strategy can be applied – tidal volumes can be set at 4–6 mL kg-1 predicted body weight (PBW), and respiration rates can be titrated allowing to maintain a pH greater than 7.2 up to 30 breaths per minute. In patients with severe COVID-19-related ARDS, the lung compliance is usually high, so inspiratory pressures rarely exceed 13 cm H2O, and plateau pressures are not higher than 25–27 cm H2O. It is recommended to use positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) titrated according to the PaO2 or SpO2, which can be set on the ambu-bag itself. The use of ventilation in the prone position provides good results in patients and should be use as the primary position for mechanical ventilation.

What features are lacking on this base-device?

We have no pressure support mode on this base-device. Therefore, a patient should be transferred to a intensive care unit with fully equipped mechanical ventilators. Furthermore, there are no flow nor pressure meters or alarms on the machines. Although, some ambu-bags can be or are equipped with manometers. We are not expecting pressure alarms since the patients are deeply sedated and are given neuro muscular blockers. We advise to use capnografy and SpO2 monitoring in concordance with this machine to guide mechanical ventilator settings. Although COVID-19 requires advanced Intensive Care treatment, this ventilator the requirements of a advanced mechanical ventilators to ventilate COVID+ patients in the most acute setting.

What settings can be adjusted?

A lung-protective ventilation strategy can be applied – tidal volumes can be set at 4–6 mL kg-1 predicted body weight (PBW), and respiration rates can be titrated allowing to maintain a pH greater than 7.2 up to 30 breaths per minute. In patients with severe COVID-19-related ARDS, the lung compliance is usually high, so inspiratory pressures rarely exceed 13 cm H2O, and plateau pressures are not higher than 25–27 cm H2O. It is recommended to use positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) titrated according to the PaO2 or SpO2, which can be set on the ambu-bag itself. The use of ventilation in the prone position provides good results in patients and should be use as the primary position for mechanical ventilation.

Two patients on one ventilator is possible but undesirable?

Ventilators are not designed to ventilate 2 patients, so only use these machines off-label in extreme situations when there is a shortage of ventilators. Also this is only possible when patients are kept asleep and do not breathe themselves. In addition, patients ventilated with 1 ventilator must have the same breathing mechanics. 

'Simple' ventilators like the VentilatorPAL will also be developed. They can be produced in large quantities in the short term. As far as we understand, ventilating COVID-19 patients is a complex matter for which you need high quality technology.

How does this complexity relate to the use of simple ventilators? Can these really be a solution?

These bare bone ventilators, should only be applied in emergency situations, when there is a shortage of ventilation equipment because these 'simple' ventilators indeed only have the essential setting options in the acute phase. These devices, developed by freebreathing.org, are intended for the first phase of the complex intensive care treatment of COVID-19 patients. The devices takes over the manual movement of the caregiver and ventilate patients with the most basic and essential settings.
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Please consider a donation, or pre-order VentilatorPAL. Support the fight against COVID-19 and help us build the first 1,000 ventilators!