Prathamesh Prabhudesai co-founded SafeBVM to increase access to safe and personalized manual ventilation.
SafeBVM focuses on preventing human errors/provider-associated complications of manual ventilation that worsen patient outcomes and increase health care costs. Its device helps providers deliver safe and optimal manual ventilation to people in cardiac arrest and respiratory distress.
Prabhudesai’s dual background in engineering and medicine fuels his efforts to use technology to address healthcare challenges related to training, cost, access and low doctor-patient ratio.
While working in India’s under-resourced communities, Prabhudesai frequently had to manually ventilate patients with a BVM due to a shortage of ventilators.
As part of his master’s thesis at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, he identified problems in emergency medical services. His team connected with several health care professionals such as firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, nurses and physicians. They went on an ambulance ride-along, attended conferences and spoke with over 300 stakeholders as they learned more about unsafe manual ventilation with a BVM.
Many underfunded EMS and other agencies in the U.S. don’t have resources for ventilators, maintenance and provider training.