Amid COVID-19, iFixit releases repair database for ventilators

The site posts more than 13,000 curated manuals, with the goal of helping people fix essential medical equipment.

Alexandra Garrett Associate Editor
Alexandra is an associate editor on CNET's Performance Optimization team. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, and interned with CNET's Tech and News teams while in school. Prior to joining CNET full time, Alexandra was a breaking news fellow at Newsweek, where she covered current events and politics.
Expertise Culture, How-To, Tech, Home, Wellness, Money, News
Alexandra Garrett

iFixit has created a database of repair guides for medical equipment being used in the coronavirus pandemic.


iFixit, the website known for tearing apart devices and making tech repair guides, has released an extensive online repair resource for medical professionals. It hopes the guide will help keep hospital equipment working throughout the coronavirus pandemic, CEO Kyle Wiens said Tuesday.

"Hospitals are having trouble getting service information to fix medical equipment -- and it's not just a COVID-19 problem," Wiens said. We've heard countless stories from biomedical technicians (biomeds, for short) about how medical device manufacturers make their jobs more difficult by restricting access to repair information."

iFixit said it dedicated half its staff to building the medical equipment database over the last two months. The team's initial priority was on devices widely used to support COVID-19 patients, such as ventilators, anesthesia systems and respiratory analyzers.

With the help of more than 200 librarians and archivists, along with many biomeds, nurses and doctors from across the country, iFixit has archived over 13,000 manuals and organized them into nine dedicated sections for clinical, laboratory, medical support equipment and other medical supplies. The database is available to use now, through iFixit's Medical Device category.

iFixit is providing the database for free to the medical community. The company also welcomes manufacturers, biomeds and anyone with new repair information to contribute to the database.

Coronavirus reopenings: How it looks as lockdowns ease around the world

See all photos
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.