SleepWorks Medical provides CPAP machines as ventilator alternatives
The firm will provide CPAP and BiPAP machines should ventilator supply run low during the COVID-19 pandemic
VANCOUVER — B.C.-based SleepWorks Medical Inc. announced on April 15 that the company will be making arrangements to make Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bilevel or two-level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machines available to Canadian healthcare institutions should they be approved for use as alternative ventilators by Canadian authorities.
The announcement comes after the FDA issued a letter encouraging American healthcare institutions to consider alternative ventilators, including CPAP and BiPAP machines, should ventilator supply run low during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re still open for business to support those suffering with sleep disorders, which we can do following safe physical distancing protocols,” said Larry Bloom, CEO of SleepWorks Medical, in a prepared statement. “However, we are also ready to do our part in helping the Canadian healthcare system during this time as we are well-stocked with supply. We are confident our manufacturers are additionally well-stocked with supplies and don’t foresee a shortage of CPAP machines.”
According to a company statement, SleepWorks has 300 CPAP machines available for deployment within seven days, and an additional 1,500 available within 15 to 30 days. This is in addition to the 50 CPAP machines sold to one of Vancouver’s largest hospitals last week.