Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that he had purchased more than 1,255 mechanical ventilation devices approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and sent them to Los Angeles. Tesla later also donated ventilators to the city and state of New York to help deal with the COVID-19.
However, it turned out that these ventilators, although approved by the FDA, are not equipment that is now very necessary for hospitals.
These Bi-PAP devices, developed five years ago for patients with sleep apnea and other disorders, help a patient who breathes independently. They are not invasive. A face mask is used to supply air to them, which makes them fundamentally different in design from the machines used in intensive care units to save patients with coronavirus. In the latter, air is supplied directly to the lungs, which Bi-PAP machines are not capable of even in case of modification. This information was confirmed by the head of the company ResMed, which produces ventilators.
In hospitals, there is a shortage of invasive ventilators.
The source clarifies that the devices donated by Tesla may be useful in the early stages of COVID-19.