Forrest Bird: Respirator Inventor

Forrest Bird Patent #3,842,828 Respirator.

In 1921, Forrest Bird was born in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Forrest Bird is best known as the inventor of the first practical mass-produced medical respirator.

Forrest Bird Invents an Improved Respirator

During World War II, Forrest Bird served in the Army Air Corps and became an able airplane, jet, and helicopter pilot. At that time, new designs in airplanes allowed for flight at higher altitudes, however, gear was now needed that would allow pilots to breathe at a higher altitude.

These experiences began Forrest Bird's life-long research into respirators. He studied medicine and became a doctor. Over the years, Forrest Bird developed Aircrew Breathing Regulators and anti ā€œgā€ devices.

In 1954, Forrest Bird founded the Bird Products Corporation to market and develop his respirator devices. By 1955, Forrest Bird had perfected the Bird Universal Medical Respirator for acute or chronic cardiopulmonary care. It was the first universally mass-produced medical respirator and was sold under the trade name of the Bird Mark 7 Respirator.

Forrest Bird's Other Inventions

Nicknamed the "Babybird" respirator, Forrest Bird invented a pediatric respirator in 1970 that greatly reduced infant mortality for babies with respiratory problems. By the 1980s, Forrest Bird had invented the Intrapulmonary Percussive Ventilation or IPV, a major advance in mechanical cardiopulmonary care. In 1992, the V.I.P Bird Infant Pediatric System was introduced.

The TBird Ventilator Series is the first and only ventilator that is truly mobile.

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