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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and concern over the supply of ventilators across the country, Benjamin Nicholson, MD, a clinical instructor at VCU determined that a ventilator device needs to be simple with the ability to assemble rapidly. He wondered if he could make the plans available to other health systems or providers with access to a few tools and a 3D printer. Benjamin made a few calls and gathered a group of researchers from VCU to make this happen. Pete is one of the collaborators and wrote the software that tells the device what to do. We were thrilled to hear that The MotionMonitor was used to collect data to measure flow and pressure! While not a traditional biomechanics project, this project demonstrates the flexibility of The MotionMonitor systems. We’re proud of the work Pete has done and continues to do! 

Read more about this alternative to traditional ventilators.

Pete began using The MotionMonitor in 1998 and has continued to use The MotionMonitor for various projects, combining his engineering and clinical backgrounds. Pete also has joint appointments in the School of Engineering's Department of Biomedical Engineering and the School of Medicine's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He teaches Kinesiology and Biomechanics in the entry level DPT program. In the Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Movement Science Program, he teaches Bioinstrumentation and Neuromuscular Performance. His clinical practice is in orthopedics and the VCUHS out-patient clinic. He is the director of the Engineering and Biomechanics Lab which blends students from engineering and physical therapy to work on projects that link engineering principles with physical therapy treatment and human performance measures.

To Learn more about Dr. Pidcoe's work visit his lab.

Take a look at Dr. Pidcoe's Ted talk on innovation.