UK university develops prototype for ventilator
7 April 2020
A team of researchers, engineers, surgeons and anaesthetists from the prestigious research oriented UK universities have recently developed a rapidly deployable prototype of ventilator. As the country’s National Health Services prepare to fight with the global coronavirus pandemic, a team of scientists from the University of Oxford have come up with a lifesaving ventilator prototype to help save thousands of lives.
A team led by Prof. Thompson of the Engineering Science department at Oxford University along with other colleagues including Dr. Federico Formenti of King's College London have been working to develop ventilator machines to deal with the growing requirements for medical facilities and infrastructure in the prevailing situation. These ventilators can be developed using materials from well-equipped university labs and small and medium scale workshops.
According to Prof. Thompson, “Currently there are approximately 5000 ventilators available and the modeling predicts that we may need as much as 20,000 mere than that at the peak of the virus”. He further added, “What we need is something which is really simple and safe and scalable, simple to operate, simple to build”.
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