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Swine Research Lab Tests Emergency Ventilators

National Hog Farmer (April 20) – Leaders from the Illinois RapidVent team built a prototype of an emergency ventilator to address a nationwide shortage amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Laboratory testing looked promising, but the University of Illinois team wanted to understand whether the device worked in animals.

“If this device saves one person, we did our job. Hopefully it’ll save a whole lot more than that,” says Matt Wheeler, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at U of I and affiliate in the Department of Bioengineering, Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

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