With the help of the HWC community, we have collected, organized, and published hundreds of service manuals for essential medical equipment. This resource is already proving valuable for biomedical repair technicians on the front lines. The treasurers of Colorado, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Delaware, and Rhode Island have followed up on our work and asked ventilator manufacturers to release key service information hospitals need to maintain their equipment. Their joint statement demands manufacturers “release all service manuals, service keys, and schematics during this crisis, enabling hospitals to make repairs to ventilator and maximize their supply and ability to serve more COVID-19 patients.” Now, ventilator manufacturers GE, Fisher & Paykal, and Medtronic have made it easier to access the repair manuals and other service informationhospitals need to repair broken ventilators.
But we’re not done! We have thousands more files that our librarian and archivist community volunteers are organizing and uploading for other essential medical equipment.