In this video, we speak to Federico Formenti, Member of The Physiological Society and senior Lecturer in Human Physiology at King’s College London who is involved in a fantastic collaboration with the University of Oxford to produce ventilators, following the UK Government’s plea for support with design and production.
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For more information about the ventilators and the team behind them visit: www.oxvent.org
In severe cases of COVID-19, patients sometimes develop a lung condition, whereby the lungs cannot provide the body’s vital organs with enough oxygen and they need the help of a ventilator to stay alive. Ventilators work by taking over the work of the lungs and keeping oxygen pumping around the body.
But, with the rapid increase in patients needing ventilators due to COVID-19, there is a concern that there won’t be enough.
And so The UK Government have asked for support in the design and supply of ventilators. One group of researchers answering that call is an interdisciplinary team of engineers and medics from King’s College London and The University of Oxford. We spoke to Dr Federico Formenti, senior Lecturer in Human Physiology, and lead academic along with Professor Sebastien Ourselin from King’s College London.
Our proposal is to produce a ventilator, which is first of all safe, it is simple in terms of its design and operation and also obviously, it can be produced in a large scale in a short period of time. The key aspect of our proposal is that it’s based on a very constructive collaboration with several different individuals, with different expertise. Key first of all is the clinical component of the team, that informs the engineering component of the team of the clinical requirements and via an iterative approach we agreed a prototype…
…In terms of the timescale, we are looking at producing these ventilators in the coming weeks in thousands and perhaps in this sense, another interesting aspect is that we’re looking at something that costs surely less than £1000 per unit, very simple to assemble and hence meets most of the criteria which are required in the current context.