Hansen Ventilator

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About this medical device
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Status Clinical trial
Made? No
Replicated? No
Designed in United States
Replicated in Africa, Asia, South America
Health topic Child mortality
Health classification Treatment
License data
Hardware CC BY-SA 4.0
Documentation data

Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

Newborns that are unable to breathe on their own require mechanical assistance to breathe in order to survive long enough to develop their lungs. The cost of mechanical ventilators however, precludes their extensive use in resource-limited settings.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

The Hansen Ventilator reduces the price and complexity of ventilators by using columns of water to control the pressure of the air instead of complex mechanical mechanisms. The ventilator can be created from off-the-shelf components and costs a fraction of the price of conventional ventilators.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: Dr. Tom Hansen and Peter Richardson.
  • Manufacturing: Seattle Children's Hospital

Testing/Implementation[edit | edit source]

Animal trials began in 2010 to determine the device's efficiency. Currently, the device awaits approval for clinical trials and manufacturing in India.

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

This device was initially funded by Seattle's Children Hospital and currently there is a partnership with PATH in Seattle for field testing.

References[edit | edit source]

Peer-reviewed publication[edit | edit source]

Diblasi, R. M., Zignego, J. C., Smith, C. V., Hansen, T. N., & Richardson, C. P. (2010). Effective Gas Exchange in Paralyzed Juvenile Rabbits Using Simple, Inexpensive Respiratory Support Devices. Pediatric Research, 68(6). Link available here.

Diblasi, R. M., Zignego, J. C., Smith, C. V., Hansen, T. N., Richardson, C. P., Tang, D. M., & Hildebrandt, J. (2010). Noninvasive Respiratory Support of Juvenile Rabbits by High-Amplitude Bubble Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. Pediatric Research, 67(6). Link available here.

Other internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Seattle Children’s. (2010). High hopes for low-tech ventilator. Link available here.

Seattle Children's. (n.d.) Hansen Ventilator. Link available here.

Seattle Children's. (2010). GAPPS and the Hansen Ventilator. Link available here.

Externally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Northwest Association for Biomedical Research. (2011.) Thomas Hansen, M.D., 2011 Dr. Alvin J. Thompson Award winner. Link available here.

PATH. (2010). Technology solutions for global health. PDF available here.

Timmerman L. (2010.) Seattle Children’s CEO, between meetings, invents cheap ventilator to save babies worldwide. Link available here.

IP and copyright[edit | edit source]

US Patent application number 12/899,177.
Publication number
US 2011/0073112 A1
Filing date
October 6, 2010
European Patent application
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