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AnmO2l: An open-source pulse-dose oxygen conserving device for the COVID-19 crisis

By Hongquan Li, Deepak Krishnamurthy, Anesta Kothari, Ethan Li, Michael Lipnick, David Gaba, Ruth M Fanning, Manu Prakash

Posted 21 May 2021
medRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2021.05.19.21257477

The surge of COVID-19 cases in India and around the world has resulted in acute oxygen shortage. Oxygen therapy through nasal cannula with flow rates of 1-6 L/min is an effective treatment for many COVID-19 patients in non-critical conditions and may help prevent disease progression. The same treatment is also used in post-acute care for recovering COVID-19 patients. Here we describe a simple, open source, and rapidly manufacturable oxygen conservation device for use with dual-port nasal cannula that can extend the life of current oxygen supply by almost two to three times, which we hope will help towards coping with the ongoing crisis. We estimate the bill of materials cost to be under $50 for manufacturing in bulk.

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