Support for WHO and PAHO

The collaborating center been engaged in weekly virtual meetings with health technology leaders at the central office in Geneva, Switzerland and also from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, DC which serves the Western Hemisphere. The focus of the COVID-19 meetings and our interaction has been on the following topics:

·         Ventilator specifications development for global use at two levels: full featured ICU ventilators, non-invasive ventilators, and those            used for mass casualty.

·         Evaluation of ventilator supplier’s proposals in respect to PAHO requirements for use in Latin America and the Caribbean.

·         Review and decision matrix development in the area of innovation and production of low cost ventilators including the innovative              ventilator contribution from UVM:  University of Vermont Develops Emergency Ventilator

·         Use of anesthesia ventilators for ICU use on COVID-19 patients

·         Use of one ventilator to serve multiple patients

·         Providing background and sources/specifications for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) systems

·         Reviewing WHO recommendations for COVID-19 Priority Medical Devices

·         Providing input on related technology management requirements for accessories, consumables, maintenance, and technical training

·         Creating a global list of sources of ventilator test devices and oxygen analyzers

·         Providing resource links related to health technology and COVID-19

WHO-IFMBE CED Town Halls on Priority Medical Devices.

The collaborating center is a regular contributor to the International Federation of Medical & Biological Engineering – Clinical Engineering Division to support the international members especially in the low and middle income countries. In conjunction with WHO, IFMBE CED is sponsoring a series of webinars on priority medical devices. The collaborating center director, Tobey Clark, chaired the May 15 webinar on Pulse Oximetry attended by more than 3500 biomedical and clinical engineers worldwide.  


J. Tobey Clark