Providing specialised information about sourcing ICU calibre ventilators from a global perspective.
The world is experiencing a severe shortage of lifesaving ventilators, which is leading to an increase of coronavirus deaths.
Specialised, acute respiratory, invasive ventilators are machines designed to put oxygen directly into the lungs of those in urgent danger of lung failure, which is the major cause of death for patients infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The explosion of unexpected ventilator demand has provoked an unprecedented crisis in the overall supply chain, both for sellers and buyers.
From the supply side, in just a few weeks, the exponential growth of infected cases has surpassed the available ventilators in hospitals, increasing the number of deaths. This situation has led to very dire circumstances, in which doctors needed to choose among patients, and some were left with fewer chances of survival.
As a consequence, ventilator OEMs have recently been bombarded with purchase orders, most of which will not be delivered at the required speed due to the lack of production capacity. Some manufacturers have started to pair up with automakers to increase their production to unthinkable levels.
On the buyer’s side, the impressive growth in demand is making it very difficult for governments and hospitals to purchase ventilators. As manufacturers are overwhelmed with orders, the negotiation power has shifted to the manufacturers.
Coping with an unprecedented growth of ventilator demand is not the only challenge. Additional issues are the following:
- The lack of ventilator information to provide visibility about their current availability in hospitals around the world. This could enable hospitals to share ventilators when these are later not occupied.
- Not counting with updated and accurate information about the number of infected cases and their location together with the forecast to be able to calculate the gap and order in advance the needed ventilators.
- Not counting with a catalogue or directory of all available suppliers and their products, making it complex to understand the variety of products and their specifications to make an efficient purchasing decision.
- Difficulty from the buyers to assess, match their needs against the suppliers’ offer, and interact with suppliers to conclude the deal with the best possible win-win outcome.
This transnational community platform aims to provide a resource of focused information and a solution to some of the challenges currently being faced on a global level.
The platform is currently operated by volunteers as a resource to be used by governments and hospitals. It aims to provide a light at the end of the tunnel, enabling the hospitals to get prepared and equip themselves with “ICU class” ventilators. This is the only way that we can increase the chances of coronavirus-infected patients surviving this pandemic.