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5/2/2021  - AutoMedx and the US India Chamber of Commerce of Dallas Fort Worth send an additional 32 SAVe II_ ventilators to India

4/27/2021 - AutoMedx and the US India Chamber of Commerce of Dallas Fort Worth send 20 SAVe II+ ventilators to the Red Cross of India.

4/12/2021 - Through the World Bank AutoMedx contracts to send 80 SAVe II+ kits to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

9/30/2020 - AutoMedx delivers 5,000 SAVe II+ ventilators to Health and Human Services and 20,000 breathing circuits.

8/30/2020 - AutoMedx delivers 5,000 SAVe II+ ventilators to Health and Human Services and 20,000 breathing circuits.

7/31/2020 – AutoMedx delivers 1,200 SAVe II+ ventilator kits and 12,000 breathing circuits to the Defense Logistics Agency.

7/10/2020 – A 3rd party reliability study that looked at 8 SAVe II+ ventilators over 1.4 million breaths resulted in no failures and an average tidal volume within 2% of its target.

7/10/2020 – HHS changes its order from 10,000 SAVe II ventilator kits to the more capable SAVe II+ kits.

6/6/2020 – the Defense Logistics Agency switches its order from SAVe II ventilator kits to the more capable SAVe II+ ventilator kits.

5/22/2020 - Flextronics, a $23 billion global contract manufacturer, is tapped to build 20,000 SAVe II+ Ventilators in its Austin, Texas facility.

5/7/2020 The SAVe II+ receives Emergency Use Authorization.

4/24/2020 The SAVe II with higher PEEP receives Emergency Use Authorization.

4/10/2020 - FEMA earmarks $1.6 billion to build 32 field hospitals in 25 states and 1 tribal nation. Army Corp of engineers to build out the sites. Plan is for these field hospitals to in part be staffed with military medical personnel.

3/27/2020 Health and Human Services contracts to buy 10,000 SAVe II ventilator kits.

3/18/2020 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic AutoMedx begins developing the more capable SAVe II+ ventilator. Reports from England and Italy which are initially the hardest hit European countries indicate that PEEP of 15 – 20 cmH2O are necessary.

3/13/2020 – President Trump declares COVID-19 crisis a national emergency.

9/28/2015 - AutoMedx awarded contract for "SAVe II Field Studies".

9/30/2014 - AutoMedx awarded Phase I SBIR for "Portable automated closed loop system for fluid resuscitation of burn patients".

3/21/2014 - SAVe II Receives 510k clearance.

9/28/2012 - AutoMedx awarded contract for "Self-adjusting and configuring simplified automated ventilator".

3/10/2010 October 20, 2010 - The SAVe helps 8 U.S. troops survive IED blasts
The SAVe was mentioned in an article titled More troops surviving IEDs which appeared on the front page of the USA Today in the October 20, 2010 issue. According Col. Richard Todd Dombroski, surgeon for the Pentagon’s Joint IED Defeat Organization, “Rugged ventilators distributed since 2008 to help wounded troops breathe have saved the lives of eight U.S. troops.” The ventilators are used aboard medevac helicopters. <Full Story>

12/16/2009 - AutoMedx awarded contract for "Enhanced SAVe"

6/4/2009 - AutoMedx awarded Phase II SBIR for "Technological advancements to the simplified automated ventilator (SAVe II)".

12/18/2008 - SAVe in use - The Army Today.  Dr. Paul Little from The Army Today program interviews Staff Sergeant Andrew Harding, who was part of a medevac crew that successfully transported an Afghani police officer that had been shot several times to Bagram Air Base, using the SAVe Ventilator. Col Todd Dombroski describes the role that DARPA and the Rapid Equipping Force played in getting the SAVe fielded quickly.

12/2008 - Early prototype of the SAVe II tested at the University of Washington performed as well as full featured ICU Ventilator
"The SAVe II prototype was capable of supporting all six animals for at least one hour [this was the end point of the study] after development of acute lung injury based on pre-specified clinical requirements using lung protective ventilation and permissive hypercapnia. There was no statistically significant difference in measured PaO2, PaCO2, VE, compliance, PaO2/FIO2 ratio, PAOP, cardiac output, peak airway pressure, PEEP, FIO2, mean systemic blood pressure, or pulmonary artery pressure when ventilated with the SAVe II or the Servo. There was no difference in lung compliance, PaO2/FIO2 ratio, measured dead space fraction, or peak airway pressure between the two groups of pigs at the start of the experiment or at the end of the experiment (as measured while being ventilated with the Siemens Servo 900C).”

10/30/2008 Dr. Matthew A. Koenig, MD Assistant Professor of Neurology, Neurological Surgery, and Anesthesiology-Critical Care Medicine The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes using the SAVe Ventilator on patients during humanitarian mission to Kenya.

10/7/2008 - The SAVe Receives Aeromedical Certification from the U.S. Military

10/5/2007 - AutoMedx has been awarded a $100,000 Phase I DARPA contract to develop the SAVe II

9/7/2007 - AutoMedx receives 510k clearance for the SAVe Ventilator

8/7/2007 – SAVe named top 4 New Breakthrough Medical Device – Popular Mechanics. 

Top 4 New Breakthrough Medical Devices: Live @ DARPATech – Popular Mechanics
 
This slimmed-down, straightforward ventilator is smaller and lighter than a standard automated model, weighing just 3.1 pounds (compared to 13 to 14 pounds). It's operated with a single knob, which turns the SAVe on, and allows you to mutes the low-battery alert, turn off the LED lights, or shut both functions off (presumably for stealth operations). The device runs for 3.5 to 6 hours per charge, or it can be plugged in.
 
The point of this thing is to free up a medic's hands in "far-forward theatre" situations. That's jargon for the frontlines, essentially, where combat medics would never be able to haul around a massive, complex auto-ventilator. The current solution is to use an Ambu-bag, a big plastic bulb connected to a breathing mask, which the medic or patient manually pumps. It's a relatively imprecise tool, especially when bullets are cracking overhead, and suddenly you're squeezing irregularly or simply way too fast. SAVe provides even, measured breaths through a mask, ET tube or other patient connection. SAVe's makers aren't sure whether it will be stored in far-forward vehicles or in a medic's kit, or a combination of both, but here's the good news: It's ready right now.

4/28/2006 - Battlelab brings force protection to the fight - U.S. Air Force

10/31/2004 - Sekos, Inc., AutoMedx's predecessor, awarded contract for "Self-contained automated ventilator (SAVe)"