Deepa Prahalad

Coping with COVID-19: Life-Saving Mask and Ventilator Designs

By | Deepa Prahalad | Design Strategist | Author

Hope you are well. I wanted to get in touch because I know the current COVID-19 crisis is top of mind everywhere. I wanted to share some resources my husband Ashwin Abhyankar and I have identified to address the critical issues of mask and ventilator shortages. This is an instance where design can save lives. We have spoken with several people in India already, who think that this is a fairly straightforward model. Trust that you can share with hospitals, innovators, maker spaces, etc. and adapt as necessary. We are also following up on our end and will share what we learn.

  1. Masks: Free design and open source patterns for sewing critical masks. Patterns/ sizes are ready. Pillow cases and cotton t-shirts are good materials to use because they are breathable and readily available.
        a. Easy DIY printable pattern: link
        b. Size up for seam allowance. link
  2. Ventilators: Sharing an article about how to increase ventilator capacity – has been done successfully in previous crises. See youtube link at the end to get to 4X capacity. link

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Republished with permission from Deepa Prahalad. Originally published @ LinkedIn

About the Author

Deepa Prahalad is a speaker, design strategist and expert on emerging markets innovation. She co-authored Predictable Magic (Pearson) and works with corporates and startups. She mentors leading social entrepreneurs and serves on several nonprofit boards.


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