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Rice University has released open-source plans for ApolloBVM, a bag valve mask automation device meant for emergency use when patients, including those with COVID-19, need assistance to breathe. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)

ApolloBVM – an open-source emergency ventilator developed by Rice University students – could help COVID-19 patients who are less-critically ill while they await availability of a standard hospital ventilator. Plans for the device are now online and freely available to everyone in the world.

More than 500 people from more than 50 countries have requested information about the project through the ApolloBVM website.