How To Expedite The Production Of Ventilators Needed For COVID-19
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Trump announces that he enacted the Defense Production Act to produce more ventilators with help from General Motors, in the video “Trump enacts the Defense Production Act to build more ventilators“, below:
Private sector companies had been trying to behave collaboratively, but it takes time to transform an auto manufacturer into a ventilator manufacturer.
CNBC’s Phil LeBeau reports that Trump orders GM to make ventilators under the Defense Production Act, in the video “Trump orders GM to make ventilators under the Defense Production Act“, below:
At a news conference, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that President Trump “was right” to use the Defense Production Act to get companies to make medical supplies, in the video “Cuomo responds to Trump’s concerns of ventilators, use of Defense Production Act“, below:
Medtronic has already increased production by more than 40% to date and is on track to more than double its capacity to manufacture and supply ventilators to the urgent needs of patients and healthcare systems across the globe confronting COVID-19. Medtronic will also open source one of its lower end ventilators for less acute situations for others to make as quickly as they can. Ventec Life Systems in Washington is also increasing its monthly production from 150 to 1000. While Trump is trying to get local governments to deal with the load of COVID-19, many state governors are complaining about insufficient federal help. Many are complaining about the absent help from the federal government. Competition among states for essential medical equipment may be avoided through federal government.
The global coronavirus outbreak has pushed the U.S. health system to the brink. Hospitals are already running out of basic supplies like masks, eye gear, gowns and ventilators. Ventilators are key in helping keep people with the most severe cases of COVID-19 alive, but with the number of infected rising daily, there are not nearly enough of them and no easy way to get more. Here is a look at what governments are doing and how automakers like Ford, GM and Tesla are trying to help. CORRECTION (March 27, 2020): At 2:34 and 6:45 we misidentified Dr. Bon Ku, Emergency Medicine Physician and Director of the Health Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University. Across the United States, hospitals are facing shortages of ventilators and that could mean the difference between life and death for many patients with COVID-19. Medical device makers, including Philips and Medtronic, have agreed to ramp up supplies as quickly as possible. But because patients diagnosed with or suspected to have COVID-19 often require breathing support, there’s widespread concern that these devices won’t be developed and shipped quickly enough. Ventilators deliver air to the lungs through a pump that is placed in the windpipe. With supplies running low, anesthesia departments, veterinarians and even zoos are offering ventilators to hospitals. But until more of these machines can be produced, some health experts fear that doctors will be forced to ration care, meaning deciding who may live or die. “We know from studies out of China, for example, that about 17 percent or so coronavirus patients actually require a ventilator,” said Dr. Chethan Sathya, a pediatric surgeon at Northwell Health. “So we’re not talking about, you know, a large capacity. But when you look at the number of people that are going to be infected by coronavirus, that translates to many, many people. That’s why we’re worried about this.” in the video “Can Tesla, GM And Ford Help Solve The Coronavirus Ventilators Shortage?” below:
Tesla didn’t make the ventilators but had them delivered probably from elsewhere. I appreciate Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s talent and role on this, but let’s talk about a less-mentioned and less appreciated role of the manufacturing expeditor, in the video “How Musk Delivered Tesla Ventilators in Such a Short Period of Time“, below:
In the video “Ford working with 3M, GE to make respirators, ventilators“, below:
Ford Motor Company is partnering with 3M and GE to help make medical supplies during the coronavirus crisis, in the video “Ford partners with 3M, GE to help make medical supplies during coronavirus“, below:
For better understanding of Defense Production Act, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
The Defense Production Act of 1950 (Pub.L. 81–774) is a United States federal law enacted on September 8, 1950 in response to the start of the Korean War. It was part of a broad civil defense and war mobilization effort in the context of the Cold War. Its implementing regulations, the Defense Priorities and Allocation System (DPAS), are located at 15 CFR §§700 to 700.93. Since 1950, the Act has been reauthorized over 50 times. It has been periodically amended and remains in force.
The Act contains three major sections. The first authorizes the president to require businesses to accept and prioritize contracts for materials deemed necessary for national defense. It also allows the president to designate materials to be prohibited from hoarding or price gouging. The second section authorizes the president to establish mechanisms (such as regulations, orders or agencies) to allocate materials, services and facilities to promote national defense. The third section authorizes the president to control the civilian economy so that scarce and critical materials necessary to the national defense effort are available for defense needs.
The Act also authorizes the president to requisition property, force industry to expand production and the supply of basic resources, impose wage and price controls, settle labor disputes, control consumer and real estate credit, establish contractual priorities, and allocate raw materials towards national defense.
The president’s designation of products under the jurisdiction of the DPA is the authority of the Act most often used by the Department of Defense (DOD) since the 1970s. Most of the other functions of the Act are administered by the Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security (SIES) in the Bureau of Industry and Security in the Department of Commerce.
The Defense Priorities and Allocations System institutes a rating system for contracts and purchase orders. The highest priority is DX, which must be approved by the Secretary of Defense. The next level down is DO, and below that are unrated contracts.
Universal masking, social distancing, and testing are important and had been effective in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea.
So, let’s all try to stay home as much as possible! As for individual citizens, please wash your hands often (each time for at least 20 seconds), get tested if and when you can, stop shaking hands, observe social distancing (staying at least 6 feet from others), be sure to get sufficient rest, be well nourished, exercised, drink plenty of hot water and ginger tea, and decrease unnecessary social contacts.
Some of the basics needed in prepping for potential self-quarantine:
- Hand cleanser (soap & water & hand sanitizer)
- Cleaning products: for cleaning household surfaces such as countertops, faucets, door knobs, drawer pulls, light switches, telephone, handles of brooms, mops, etc., for reference list suggested by CDC, click HERE.)
- Laundry detergent
- Food (at least 3 weeks worth of staples: beans, pasta, rice, canned vegetables, frozen food, canned soup, shelf-stable milk, or dehydrated food, etc.)
- Water (be it in bottled water form or activated carbon filter pitcher and/or distiller)
- Face masks
- Prescription meds (talk to your doctor as to how much of your prescription meds need to be stocked)
- Over-the-counter medicine (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, cough medicine, etc.)
- Robust WiFi
- Video conferencing services
- Entertainment (check out: Netflix’s Pandemic & Amazon’s Contagion)
- Exercise guides or equipment
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