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Donate your CPAP for Covid-19

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I do not work for, or endorse this company in any way. We all know that a BiPAP is not the same thing as a ventilator. www.VentilatorSOS.com is new website that will allows you to donate your sleep apnea machine and they will convert/repurpose it into a ventilator for this current crisis.

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My father in law was a bipap for about 18 months, so I have a little experience with it. He had COPD, with a history of lobectomy for lung CA. He was retaining too much CO2 and would get goofy if he wasn't on the machine 8-10hrs a day. Eventually, it wouldn't work anymore and he passed away in January 2019.

My point is most people who are on a bipap need it. They can't donate it without killing themselves. I did read an interesting article about how they are hacking the machines to function better for Covid19 patients. One Dr. Suggested cutting up a HEPA filter (new) for a vacuum cleaner and duct taping it to the air outlet. It's unbelievable what America has come to!

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12 hours ago, signet said:

My father in law was a bipap for about 18 months, so I have a little experience with it. He had COPD, with a history of lobectomy for lung CA. He was retaining too much CO2 and would get goofy if he wasn't on the machine 8-10hrs a day. Eventually, it wouldn't work anymore and he passed away in January 2019.

My point is most people who are on a bipap need it. They can't donate it without killing themselves. I did read an interesting article about how they are hacking the machines to function better for Covid19 patients. One Dr. Suggested cutting up a HEPA filter (new) for a vacuum cleaner and duct taping it to the air outlet. It's unbelievable what America has come to!

There are also tons of people who get prescribed a cpap or bipap who just can’t adapt to wearing the mask and toss them in a closet or donate them to goodwill.

The ex had a bi-pap that died unexpectedly and she was incredibly hard to live with until the replacement could be secured (couldn’t sleep without it) so we had her original rebuilt and bought a backup to her backup when we saw a stack of them at goodwill..

pretty sure the insurance got banged for most of $4k for the original, an identical unit with ten hours of use was $20 at goodwill.

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My machine is not paid for so I would be hard pressed to justify donating it. I looked up the retail price and no way would I buy it for myself, much less give it away. Besides I need it according to all concerned.

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About a year ago I helped friends pack up and move. They threw out O2 tanks (most were empty), a BiPap machine, an O2 concentrator, nebulizer equipment and more. I took the concentrator and donated to a respiratory therapist, who tested it and gave it to someone who needed it.

I hope that people out there don't get injured because of hacked devices, and I also hope that the company, VentilatorSOS.com listed above keeps quality up to high standards.

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