#AceHealthReport – Mar.30: Clinicians and mechanical engineers from University College London (UCL) worked with Mercedes to create the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, which has been approved by the NHS BBC News reports.
Coronavirus Report: Mercedes helps develop breathing aid in just 7-days as F1 teams join ventilators effort
Formula One teams are among the British firms joining forces to provide UK hospitals with vital equipment for COVID-19 patients.
Sky News Reports: The potentially life-saving technology has already been used in China, where coronavirus first emerged in December, and also in hospitals in Italy – the epicentre of the pandemic in Europe: The device helps COVID-19 patients with serious lung infections caused by the disease – such as pneumonia – to breathe more easily, when oxygen alone does not prove sufficient.
Reports from Italy indicate that approximately 50% of patients given CPAP have avoided the need to be put in an invasive mechanical ventilator – equipment the UK government is working to stock up on:
Professor Mervyn Singer, a critical care consultant at UCL Hospital, said: “These devices will help to save lives by ensuring that ventilators, a limited resource, are used only for the most severely ill.
“While they will be tested at UCL Hospital first, we hope they will make a real difference to hospitals across the UK by reducing demand on intensive care staff and beds, as well as helping patients recover without the need for more invasive ventilation.”
The first device was produced in less than 100 hours at UCL’s engineering hub MechSpace, with 100 of them to be delivered to the university’s hospital for clinical trials and then rolled out nationwide: Production is also ramping up on ventilators, with several F1 teams involved in a joint effort by British industrial, technology and engineering firms from the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors.
Haas F1, McLaren, Mercedes, Red Bull Racing, Racing Point, Renault Sport Racing and Williams have joined forces with the likes of Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens to produce the ventilators, which the UK is short of.
#AceHealthDesk report ……………..Published: Mar.30: 2020:
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