Diving Manufacturer Helps Create Medical Ventilators

Ales Prochaska testing rebreather functions. Photo: Divesoft

As the coronavirus( COVID-1 9) pandemic continues to sweep the globe, people from all corners of the world are coming together to help create solutions in response to the crisis. For one, a team of programmers, scientists, and technicians in the Czech Republic has been putting their skills to use to develop quality medical ventilators. By mid-April, the team expects to have 500 ventilators ready for delivery at a fraction of the typical ventilator expense. And once product testing has been completed, the design will be available worldwide in efforts to help others in need. One of the team members is AleA! ProchA! ska who is using his experience of producing top-notch diving equipment to assist in the development of the medical ventilators’ parts.A

Team of Professionals

Difficult times have a way of bringing like-minded people together to accomplish good. As is the case for the team of Czech programmers, scientists, and technicians, “whos been” put their efforts together to produce medical ventilators designated for patients with COVID-1 9 at a rate sufficient to fit the current needs of the Czech Republic.

Professionals from various backgrounds are lending a hand to help with this time-critical effort. For instance, AleA! ProchA! ska whose company, Divesoft, specializes in the production of hi-tech diving equipment, principally rebreathers. aIam focused on the developing and construction of pressurized valve prototypes. Itas a safety valve which constantly restriction the oxygen pressure that a patient breathes. Iave already designed similar valves for rebreathers whereby the function is the same: to ensure a diver doesnat inhale oxygen at too high of a pressure which could cause injury to the lungs. In addition, we have a special device for parameter measuring of such valves available in our company, a says AleA !.

AleA! was asked by TomA! A! Kapler to join the team he organized for this effort. More than 30 members including professionals from Czech tech industries, educational institutions, and governmental bodies, as well as others with specialized knowledge and skills, have been investing their time in the project. The teamas first prototypes are expected by the end of March with extensive testing, verifications, and fine tuning to follow.

Control panel of medical ventilator. Photo: Divesoft

Primary Design

The medical ventilatoras design features include the use of parts which are easy to fabricate and generally available, a user-friendly interface that minimise the training requirements, simple assembly, and more. The design also includes apotential independencea( the ability to run on bottled oxygen and aregulara filtered compressed air) as well as compatibility with hospital the mechanisms and consumable materials. All of these design characteristics symbol the accumulation of what professionals have learned so far from the outbreak, looking to places like Italy and China to understand what caused significant issues and how they could be avoided in the Czech Republic and around the world.

With the coronavirus threatening to cripple the world economy, expenses are more important now than ever. Regular medical ventilators run around $20,000, but the price of ventilators based on this teamas design is almost five times less. This is primarily the result of the team working without compensation, as well as savings from the normally costly certification which wonat be required( since the device will only be serving as an emergency apparatus in the fight against coronavirus ).

Ales Prochaska. Photo: Divesoft

Quick Results

As of now, the Czech Republic has access to over 3,500 medical ventilators, but more than one third is already in use; and there isnat currently a manufacturer in the country. It is believed that if the situation worsens, as it has in Italy, the Czech Republic would run out of ventilators by mid-April. These ventilators are meant to assist breathing for patients in serious condition, attaining them one of the most important instruments in the fight against coronavirus cancer. Running out of ventilators means the loss of life, which means Kapleras teamas work is a race against the clock.

As of March 23 rd, the team had finished the materials list with individual componentsA tested. Furthermore, the control system, including the firmwareas first version and user interface, has been completed. With the process near completion, what does this mean for the rest of the world?

Open Source Design

In dire hours, itas important to remember weare all in this together and on the same team. This ideology is the basis for the teamas decision to open source their medical ventilator design, including all findings, codes, draws, and documentation. Contributions by the likes of TomA! A! Kapler, AleA! ProchA! ska, and more hope to help open the door for others to respond more quickly, and save more lives around the world. Track the production process for the teamas ventilators via their website: www.corovent.eu.

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