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Tesla Donated 'Ineffective' 5-Year-Old Ventilators, According to Health Officials

By Urian , Apr 06, 2020 04:27 AM EDT

Elon Musk's Tesla has promised to deliver ventilators as an attempt to aid the fight against the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) but according to health officials, these ventilators are the wrong type and are also not powerful enough to work!

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SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the automobile awards "Das Goldene Lenkrad" given by a German newspaper in Berlin, Germany, November 12, 2019.

The need for medical equipment has grown extremely high as the world is trying to combat this virus together but it seems like Tesla's attempt to provide ventilators has not been successful. The equipment was confirmed by Mick Farrell CEO of ResMed as 5 year old "bi-level non-invasive ventilators" which were known as BiPAPs to CNBC.

The need for medical equipment

As hospitals around the United States as well as around the world have increased their demand for medical equipment, carmakers have started to transform their factories' production into masks, face shields, and now even ventilators which are currently extremely short on supply.

One of these car companies is Tesla but the doctors are now saying that the 1,000 units which the company has recently shipped are not actually full-fledged ventilators (commonly referred within the medical parlance as "vents").

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The Week has just recently reported that after CEO Elon Musk released a tweet in March 31 saying he had "extra FDA-approved ventilators" which were ready to ship out, Tesla did not actually ship out ventilators but rather machines which were more closely related to a C-PAP device usually known as BiPAP or rather B-PAP machines which were made by ResMed.

Although these C-PAP as well as Bi-PAP devices are used for treating medical breathing issues, these are not effective in the fight against critical symptoms of COVID-19 which requires higher powered ventilators that also include intubation, or even the insertion of tubes right into the lungs of the patient.

The necessity of ventilators

What ventilators essentially do is they take over or assist in a really strong way the breathing job of a victim which is something a C-PAP or even a BiPap cannot possibly do. In additional reports by The Week, ResMed CEO Mick Farrell recently confirmed Tesla's purchase of 1,000 "bi-level, non-invasive ventilators" where were known as BiPAPS and even praised Musk for being able to quickly delivering them.

Twitter took a huge turn from positive responses when Elon Musk first donated the devices (in which he responded to the tweets) to negative responses when the machines were found out to not be of the intubation-style ventilators. The ongoing shortage of ventilators along with the ineffective ventilators Elon Musk donated means that hospitals will have to ration whatever supply they still have.

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A report by The Week also noted an NPR story which pointed out that the types of machines which were donated may have even exacerbated a COVID-19 outbreak in a certain Washington nursing home since these machines could have even pumped the exhalations of the infected patients into the air to be inhaled by others in a process known as aerosolization!

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