Essential to the unit was an enclosure. The developers selected aluminum for the enclosure, and made it compact and relatively inexpensive to manufacture and distribute. During the initial phases of development, prototypes were needed to begin testing.
Ajax stepped in to provide prototype enclosures virtually overnight, enabling the development team at the to move quickly to get the unit ready for actual use in the field.
A Happy Ending
The US Food and Drug Administration authorized the production, use, and distribution of the device. UMN released the Coventor as open-source, letting companies interested sign a free electronic license and download the manufacturing specifications.
“From the outset, the mission of this project was to make this emergency device available to people in need, wherever they might be in the world, as quickly and safely as possible,” said Dr. Richardson, MD, a cardiac anesthesiology fellow in the Medical School, M Health Fairview.
“Through the tremendous hard work, ingenuity, and force of will of hundreds of individuals coming together as a team, we made that a reality in a matter of weeks.”
The Coventor has since been deployed to various locations around the world, including South America, Africa, and India.
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