STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Students are converting hundreds of ventilators from battery-powered to AC-powered.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson asked the High Voltage Laboratory at Mississippi State University to retrofit about 300 ventilators, said Lab Manager David Wallace.
He said Taylor Machine Works in Louisville is also helping out.
Wallace said he has a team of about 10 students helping him with the project.
Wallace said his team began unpacking the ventilators on Friday. He said the ventilators run for about 48 hours with batteries.
However, once his team converts the ventilators to AC power they will run continuously as long as they’re plugged in.
Wallace said hospital staff will have the option to use batteries or plug the ventilator into a wall socket.
He hopes to finish retrofitting the ventilators by Sunday, so they can send them back to UMMC.
Wallace said he’s grateful to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.