Many retired ventilators need only little updates to be functional again. Bloom Energy is collecting them, refurbishing them, and sending them out to hospitals that need them.
California company Bloom Energy is refurbishing some of the thousands of ventilators that currently sit in storage because they’ve reached their end-of-service life. The company partnered with Stanford’s pulmonary lab to test the equipment, along with Cure Biomedical that services hospital equipment. “They set up all the proper oxygen calibration equipment and trained our employees,” according to Susan Brennan, Bloom’s chief operating officer.
Bloom added new manufacturing lines to its California and Delaware facilities and began to work. So far, it’s received 550 old ventilators and shipped more than 350 refurbished units to the State of California, which will distribute them to hospitals. More will soon be delivered on the East Coast. Anyone with stockpiles of ventilators in need of repair can contact the company. “As long as we have supply coming in, we are continuing to refurbish and ship out as fast as we can,” she says.