Bloom Energy Corp., and Almo Corporation have announced they are joining forces to refurbish unused, out-of-warranty ventilators.
The two companies will ship these ventilators to state agencies and hospitals throughout the country, particularly as an increasing number of patients experience critical respiratory issues as a result of COVID-19.
As part of this process, Bloom is refurbishing the ventilators, while Almo is using its national logistics network to ship the ventilators to/from Bloom’s manufacturing facilities in California and Delaware for refurbishment and out to the state agencies and hospitals that need them the most.
“This is our call to action,” says KR Sridhar, founder, CEO and chairman, Bloom Energy.
“We have to help. Manufacturing is in our DNA and we believe that it allows our country to stand strong, especially during a time of crisis and need. Like our customers and the communities we serve, we are strong and we are resilient.”
The Society of Critical Care Medicine estimates that 960,000 coronavirus patients in the U.S. may need to be put on ventilators, but there are only about 200,000 such working machines available. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, there are 12,700 ventilators in the national “stockpile.” And thousands more sit idle, having reached their end-of-service life.
For its part Bloom is working with biomedical engineers at Stanford Health Care to test the functionality of its refurbished ventilators.
Almo, a national distributor of appliances, A/V equipment, furniture and housewares, with its more than 2.5 million square feet of distribution space in eight warehouses across the country is aiding Bloom through its logistical capabilities.
“Our focus has always been on family — the health and safety of our local community and people of this nation is our priority now and we want to do what we can to help in this time of crisis,” states Warren Chaiken, president and CEO, Almo Corporation.
“Our logistics processes are organized and efficient, which puts us in a great position to receive the refurbished ventilators from Bloom and quickly get them to state agencies and healthcare facilities so they can be immediately put to use.”
Almo asks that if anyone has or knows of any organizations that have out-of-service ventilators, and would like to partner together with Bloom please visit www.bloomenergy.com/ventilators; email [email protected] or reach us on the company on its hotline – +1 (888) 544-2644