According to a new update, a team of space scientists from Aberdeen’s Planetary Science Group managed to create a new prototype ventilator developed for COVID-19 patients.
Prototype Ventilator For Coronavirus Patients
As the world continues to struggle amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one of the biggest woes that frontliners and health workers are having trouble with is the shortage of medical equipment to help accommodate the increasing number of patients such as hospital ventilators.
To that end, a team from the University of Aberdeen’s Planetary Science Group managed to use current space life support systems in order to help create a new ventilator prototype that coronavirus patients can use. Called the ATMO-Vent (Atmospheric Mixture Optimisation Ventilator), the new prototype utilizes certified, low-cost and off-the-shelf components in order to function. Per the scientists, this makes the new prototype easier to build, more cost-effective and more user-friendly than other models that are currently undergoing through development.
Following this, the group behind the prototype said that they are now working to have the device officially certified as soon as possible so that it can be deployed where it’s needed around the world.
“We have a wealth of experience in building, calibrating and qualifying space instruments using commercial components. We’ve used this expertise to design and build a fully operating prototype ventilator using widely available parts. This means that it is easy to build and ideally suited to rapid, mass deployment in healthcare settings. The system has been designed to comply with the requirements outlined in the UK Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency guidelines to build a Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator System (RMVS),” Professor Javier Martín-Torres, who heads the University’s Planetary Science Group, said.
“Across multiple disciplines, our research community is working as part of a broad effort to harness our world-renowned academic expertise in the fight against Covid-19,” Marion Campbell, who is the vice principal for research at the University of Aberdeen, said. “The work of Professor Martin-Torres and the Planetary Science Group in developing this ventilator is a prime example of how our researchers are applying their skills to meet the challenges created by the pandemic.”