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Online community iFixit is crowdsourcing repair information for hospital equipment

03-24-2020 04:16 PM CET | Health & Medicine

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COVID-19 rapidly increases the need for functioning medical devices and the possibility to repair them.

COVID-19 rapidly increases the need for functioning medical devices and the possibility to repair them.

Medical teams around the world do a heroic job these days--and to be able to, they are heavily dependent on medical devices. It's absolutely crucial to keep those devices intact during their heavy utilization. In order to help ensuring that, iFixit is building an online resource for repair and maintenance information on medical equipment.

Ventilators are among the most needed machines right now, and there's a lack of them everywhere in Europe. Italy even started sending soldiers to boost their production, Germany ordered 10,000 new devices already, and UK's Prime Minister called manufacturers to increase the national production. But manufacturers have production limits, and it's hard to tell how many ventilators and other medical devices will fail once hospitals are truly taxed, or which parts of those machines are most at risk.

Only a few manufacturers host service manuals for their equipment, and there is no central source of information for biomedical technicians to find relevant and useful repair information. Thus, looking up manuals often requires time that is better used saving lives.

In a detailed blog, iFixit summarizes what anyone can do to support the intentions of saving medics precious time: iFixit's goal is to create an accessible and comprehensive service resource. "What happens when the biomed gets sick and a nurse is tasked with fixing a machine that she's never worked on before?", asks iFixit founder Kyle Wiens. "Finding the right place to start in the service manual can be challenging. So we're going to break them up into useful guides. We've done this before with medical equipment and by reaching out to local biomeds."

With the help of medical experts and volunteers from all around the globe, iFixit hopes to be able to facilitate the repair and maintenance of hospital equipment wherever it's needed--and to highlight the necessity of repair information being available all along the line.

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Dorothea Kessler
iFixit Europe PR & Outreach
Traenkestr. 7 | D-70597 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 157 80608359

iFixit is the world's largest online community for repair. With almost 60,000 free guides, shows people all over the world how to fix their stuff.

iFixit was founded in San Luis Obispo, California in 2003. Since 2013 iFixit has a European subsidiary in Stuttgart, Germany. The company earns money through selling spare parts and tools and is engaged in advocating for the Right to Repair.

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