Ventilators must be cleaned by technicians between each use and stored in tailored rooms at hospitals. The repeated travel consumes valuable staff time, shortens the machine's lifespan and makes for an uneven use of the stock. . Following research with Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, Mpulse Team developed an automated guided vehicle for transporting ventilators, using off-the-shelf hardware and software, tailored to the hospital environment. It automatically returns equipment to cleaning rooms without human interaction.
Mpulse team is a multi-national collaboration of 6 students for Georgia Tech’s Junior Health design studio. By working together with Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, the team designed a solution to the hospital’s ventilator issue and were awarded the Richard John Livingstone Martin Humanitarian Design Award.more