Somnetics repurposes Transcend CPAP

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS – Somnetics International is working to repurpose its inventory of Transcend CPAP machines for use in the fight against COVID-19. “We know we have a part to play in fighting this pandemic,” said Clarence Johnson, CEO of Somnetics. “We are working as fast as possible to boost product and convert our CPAP machines to help prevent a nationwide shortage of ventilators in health care settings.” Somnetics is taking steps to repurpose its Transcend CPAP machines into respiratory support devices to assist patients that have trouble breathing as a result of COVID-19. The company’s engineers are working on a solution that includes designing a new breathing circuit to help control aerosolization of virus particles to protect health care workers. The U.S. federal government cleared the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in late March to authorize emergency use of CPAP machines in health care settings to treat patients during the pandemic.