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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 16:41

Tesla’s Ventilator is Using a Model 3 Touchscreen and Other Car Parts

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla released a video highlighting the company’s ventilator manufacturing process, which incorporates parts from its all-electric vehicles.

The video update was shared via Twitter on April 5, and shows a group of masked Tesla employees, including VP of Vehicle Engineering Lars Moravy, working in an engineering lab.

 

Engineering Director Joe Mardall outlined the company’s current process of development for the ventilators, which consists of a design using Tesla car parts. The use of parts has allowed Tesla to develop machines that can assist patients in breathing while infected with the virus, while not taking away from the amount of actual ventilator parts that exist right now.

 

The ventilator prototype uses a hospital-grade air supply system that feeds into a mixing chamber. This combines air and oxygen to create breathable air. The air then is pressurized and fed into tubes, providing a patient with air, which alleviates their breathing issues.

 

COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory virus that attacks a patient's lungs and breathing patterns.

 

Ventilators also have screens that provide medical professionals with information like tidal volume per breath, respiratory rate (usually set by a doctor to give a patient the proper amount of breathable air), and oxygen concentration.

 

These figures will be displayed on a Model 3 dash screen powered by the vehicle’s infotainment computer and will show air pressure, airflow and volume.

 

The shortage of ventilators across the U.S. is due to a low availability of the machines. Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak said his company has quadrupled the production of ventilators to combat the shortage.

 

While this increased production rate has helped provide hospitals in need with additional machines, there is still a massive shortage of ventilators.


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