Coalition commends some of world’s largest ventilator manufacturers who have released repair manuals, while others still lag behind
Harrisburg, PA - As several large ventilator manufacturers have taken new steps to release repair information, Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella today issued the following statement, on behalf of a coalition of fiscal officers who earlier this month called on two dozen ventilator manufacturers to release necessary repair information for hospitals to use in the fight against COVID-19.
“In a global fight against the coronavirus pandemic, one thing so many of us have learned is the need for unprecedented cooperation and quick action. Hospitals which have a precious supply of ventilators need them available to treat patients, not gather dust waiting for repairs. Now is when we must all set aside business as usual in the name of saving lives. We are encouraged by the progress so far from large ventilator manufacturers like GE Healthcare, Medtronic, Smiths-Medical, and Fisher & Paykal, who have all committed to releasing ventilator repair information, and we commend those companies for taking action. But it can’t stop here. Today, we are renewing our call on Drager and Vyaire to follow the example of their peers and make this information available to hospitals immediately.”
Pennsylvania State Treasurer, Joe Torsella
The coalition of fiscal officers calling for the release of repair information includes Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Delaware Treasurer Colleen Davis, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs, Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver General Deborah Goldberg, Maryland Treasurer Nancy Kopp, Rhode Island Treasurer General Seth Magaziner, West Virginia State Auditor John “JB” McCuskey, and Colorado Treasurer Dave Young.