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lunes, 13 de julio 2020
13/07/2020
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UdeA engineers develop ventilator for COVID-19 patients

In Colombia, a conventional ventilator can cost about 80 million pesos (USD 27,000), however, a team of UdeA researchers have developed a $ 6 million pesos (USD 2,000) prototype to help ICUs cope with the coronavirus epidemic.


The inventors of the ventilator conducting tests at UdeA labs

A team of biomedical engineers and intensivists at Universidad de Antioquia developed a mechanical ventilator to help hospitals and clinics across the country cope with the coronavirus epidemic. The researchers say this device could help save many lives during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

“Although it is a very simple prototype, it is safe for patients. The device has been designed so that it can be used both in patients under controlled ventilation and recovering patients”, says Mauricio Hernandez, a professor at the UdeA School of Biomedical Engineering.

The prototype, which was developed in just seven days, is made of low-cost, easily accessible raw material. Initially it will be tested on pigs and it is expected that in less than a month it will be available to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) throughout the country.

“The ventilator is intended to assist in critical situations. It was designed based on mechanical ventilation devices used during anesthesia and is made of low-cost, easily accessible raw material”, the professor said.

 

The prototype blueprint will be available online for replication

The device was developed thanks to Innspiramed, a joint initiative between UdeA and Ruta N, Medellín´s leading business development center. “We intend to provide UCIs throughout the country with these ventilators. Therefore, our team is moving forward with this groundbreaking initiative,” says Ruta N CEO Juan Andrés Vásquez.

The mechanical ventilator is equipped with water-air solenoid valves as well as anesthesia breathing bags, and two separately operating oxygen and air cylinders.

 

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