Support Healthcare Workers in the Fight Against COVID-19
If you have an unused CPAP machine you can have a direct impact on the fight against COVID-19 by supporting thehealth and safety of healthcare workers in West Michigan. CPAP motors from certain devices can be repurposed todevelop specialized breathing units for healthcare providers.
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Kathi A. Wilson, DDS, a diplomate of American Board of Sleep Apnea Medicine hosted a CPAP/ BiPAP donation drive in her home state, Michigan, this weekend and received 397 donations! She’s sending 210 CPAPs to Rhode Island! Thank you for your efforts! #riventilatorproject #inventilator #donateyourcpapbipap #helpourcommunitybreathe #covid19response #coronavirus
Who is Managing The Effort?
Board-Certified Dentist, Dr. Kathi Wilson, of the Center for Sleep Apnea and TMJ in Cascade, in partnership with healthcare systems in West Michigan, including Spectrum Health.
Hunter Engineering Company, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, will retrofit motors from the CPAP machines into Portable Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs).
Why Will This Help?
Portable Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) keep healthcare workers safe from air potentially infected with COVID-19. Healthcare workers will wear the PAPRs, which filter air before breathing, to eliminate concerns about inhaling any COVID-19 contaminated air. The need for personal protective equipment is greater than ever, and PAPRs will allow healthcare workers to offset the need for N95 masks.
We Need West Michigan
West Michigan is in a unique position to help this effort. As a region, West Michigan has one of highest CPAP prescription rates in the country. There are several units in circulation that are not currently being used, which could be repurposed for this life-saving application.
West Michigan residents can drop off old or unused CPAP machines on April 21-22 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants, contact-less drop off is available.
1. Check to see if your old or unused CPAP device qualifies for repurposing. Questions regarding qualifying CPAP machines can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Place CPAP device in a box/bag, then place it in the trunk of your vehicle.
3. Drive to the Center for Sleep Apnea and TMJ at 4820 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
4. Pull up in front of the main doors and open your trunk.
5. An employee from the Center will remove the CPAP machine, place in a goodie bag filled with restaurant coupons and other surprises, then shut the door for you.
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