Open Source Medical Supplies

Open Source Medical Supplies is a not for profit organization that collates and shares open source designs to make personal protective equipment and other medical supplies needed in the COVID-19 pandemic.[1][2]

Open Source Medical Supplies
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Ja’dan Johnson and Gui Cavalcanti

Open Source Medical Supplies founded by Ja’dan Johnson[2] and Gui Cavalcanti[3][4] in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic was escalating.[1] Initial activities were coordinated through a Facebook group[5][6] which grew to 52,000 members.[2] A team of 130 people coordinate and filter the information in the group.[4]

Open Source Medical Supplies provides a library of 195 DIY instructions on how to fabricate healthcare items including face masks.[1] All designs are vetted by a team of thirty healthcare professionals.[1][2] Open Source Medical Supplies has shipped over 15 million items of medical supplies.[3]

The group inspired the Open Source Ventilator Ireland Project.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d Hannah, Douglas (2021-02-16). "One Way to Build More Resilient Medical Supply Chains in the U.S." Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012. Retrieved 2021-12-14.
  2. ^ a b c d "Makers Are 3D Printing Ventilator Gear and Sewing Masks to Fight the Coronavirus". Time. Retrieved 2021-12-14.
  3. ^ a b "A DIY Vaccine Can't Solve the COVID-19 Crisis". Retrieved 2021-12-14.
  4. ^ a b Petri, Alexandra E. (2020-03-31). "D.I.Y. Coronavirus Solutions Are Gaining Steam". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-12-14.
  5. ^ Corsini, Lucia; Dammicco, Valeria; Moultrie, James (2021). "Frugal innovation in a crisis: the digital fabrication maker response to COVID-19". R&D Management. 51 (2): 195–210. doi:10.1111/radm.12446. ISSN 1467-9310. PMC 7753777.
  6. ^ Bambury, Brent (20 March 2020). "Robotics engineer crowd-sources designs for COVID-19 medical supplies to help out-of-stock hospitals". CBC.
  7. ^ Keogh, Colin (2021-02-10). "Open Innovation in Response to Covid 19 :A case study of the Open Source Ventilator Ireland Project". Qeios. doi:10.32388/VF6WTE. ISSN 2632-3834.

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