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Solution Overview & Benefits

Information updated: April 13th 2020

This is an AmbuBag device.

The ApolloBVM is an automated bag valve mask (BVM) device utilizing off-the-shelf components to provide safe and continuous hospital-grade mechanical ventilation for COVID-19 patients on an open-source basis.

Summary Specs:

  • This is a Pressure Control Ventilation, (PCV), device.
  • Does not have PEEP
  • Interface displays:
    • Tidal Volume (TV): 300 - 650 mL (50 mL increments)
    • Respiratory Rate (RR): 5 - 30 BPM (1 BPM increments)
    • I:E Ratio: 1:2, 1:3, 1:4, 1:5
  • The device is powered by 120V AC with a < 15W power draw.
  • Accommodates wall or tank-based oxygen through the low-pressure oxygen intake port that is a standard to the BVM.
  • Can run for 24 hours without human intervention

History & Development

All design work on the ApolloBVM was done at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen at Rice University Inspired by the 2018-2019 senior design project Team Take A Breather.

Team Disclaimer:
The FDA has ... issued certain guidance with regard to its role in protecting the United States from threats including emerging infectious diseases, including COVID-19. The FDA is committed to providing timely guidance to support response efforts to this pandemic. In particular, the March 22, 2020 nonbinding Enforcement Policy for Ventilators and Accessories and Other Respiratory Devices During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (https://www.fda.gov/media/136318/download). This guidance is intended to remain in effect only for the duration of the public health emergency related to COVID-19 declared by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).



Publicly available: Yes
Countries where available: Currently navigating through FDA Approval in the USA
Price range: Over 200 USD
Offered or can be licensed for local manufacture: Yes


Dimensions: 16"x14"x7"
Weight: < 6lbs

Additional Information


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