New life-support system in the fight against corona is urgently looking for production companies

At some point we may well be facing a shortage of life-support systems in hospitals due to the corona epidemic. Two prospective physicians are currently developing an alternative life-support system which can be produced on a large scale in a very short period of time. They make an urgent appeal to all manufacturing companies active in metalworking, injection moulding or the production and assembly of electronic printed circuit boards.

In more and more regions, the hospitals' care capacity is drastically exceeded due to the continuous influx of patients. In those regions, patients with a lower survival rate can no longer be helped. It is not inconceivable that the Belgian healthcare sector will soon face a similar challenge. In the most affected regions, the limited availability of medical life-support equipment plays an important role in the dramatic mortality rates, as it can make the difference between life and death. However, the production of such equipment takes too long to meet acute demand.

Ready for serial production

Brothers Jan and Stijn Herregodts are trainee doctors and PhD's in robotic surgery at UGent. Jan Herregodts is doing an internship at the Emergency Department at the OLV Hospital in Aalst and sees the consequences of the corona epidemic very closely. That’s why the brothers are currently developing an alternative life-support system which can be produced and transported on a large scale in a very short period of time. They focused on the necessary functions needed to support a corona patient's breathing or even to take over ventilation. By using materials and components that are currently sufficiently available in non-medical sectors, the equipment could be produced in a very short term and on a large scale. A first prototype has meanwhile been successfully tested via a medical test setup in an operating theatre. The design is now being optimised to enable serial production.

Sufficient production capacity is needed to produce the first series of equipment in the short term. That’s why Jan and Stijn Herregodts are making an urgent appeal to all companies active in metalworking, injection moulding or the production and assembly of electronic printed circuit boards.

View the call here (in Dutch).

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(Source: HLN)