How was it developed?
A Prisma Health Emergency Medicine physician realized the opportunity of using a single machine to breathe for multiple patients. She worked collaboratively with her husband, a software engineer, and with a Prisma Health pulmonary critical care physician to develop specifications for the device.
Physicians used Prisma Health’s Simulation Center to begin testing the VESper™ device with medical manikins, allowing for the simulation of multiple clinical scenarios. The device was able to deliver the appropriate breathing parameters without difficulty, creating an opportunity to pursue an application for emergency use authorization with the FDA in order to rapidly bring this life-saving device directly into clinical use.
Drawing on the strength of Prisma Health’s existing academic partnerships, we have worked with engineers at University of South Carolina for 3D materials testing and printing of prototypes. Prisma Health is collaborating with a major manufacturer to multiply production of the device for distribution in areas of greatest need and areas with the potential to exceed their ventilator capacity in the near future, such as COVID-19 “hot spots” as designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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We are grateful for the Sargent Foundation of Greenville, SC, and their generous gift that will help make the VESper possible.
“We are proud to support such an innovative and timely endeavor that will benefit our community and nation in this time of crisis.” – Sargent Foundation