COVID-19 response: School of Medicine Greenville, College of Engineering step up to coronavirus challenge

COVID-19 response: School of Medicine Greenville, College of Engineering step up to coronavirus challenge




What began as a simple idea from an Upstate emergency medicine physician less than a month ago morphed into a task force of medical and engineering experts focused on one goal — getting emergency FDA approval for a device that enables one ventilator to assist up to four COVID-19 patients.

Prisma Health, the state’s largest hospital system, announced March 25 that it had received federal approval for VESper™, a Y-shaped splitter device that has been approved for use in U.S. locations experiencing a critical shortage of ventilators due to the pandemic. The device looks deceptively simple — almost like a plumbing fixture — but its unique design and the story of how it came to be are a testament to academic teamwork in the face of steep logistical challenges.

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