A team of Polish scientists has developed a remote-controlled ventilator that doctors can use to help critically ill patients breathe remotely to make medical personnel safer during the coronavirus pandemic.
If it can be shown that the RespiSave experimental ventilator works safely on humans, doctors can use an application to monitor the patient's vital signs, monitor their condition and adjust the machine settings from anywhere in the hospital, the project's designers told Reuters .
Doctors are notified when the ventilator is disconnected or the patient's condition changes drastically.
Breathing failure, which requires mechanical ventilator support, is common in patients with severe COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The remote control means that medical personnel are less likely to come into contact with these patients, said Lukasz Szarpak, a medical consultant on the project.
Healthcare workers who care for critically ill patients are at particular risk of coronavirus infection, in some cases due to a lack of adequate personal protective equipment.
The designers, who are among the first to develop such a device, assume that the use of medical telemetry will increase, especially after the medical crisis associated with the coronavirus.
Leszek Kowalik, the director of the project, said RespiSave was much cheaper than a typical ventilator, even though he didn't specify the price of the device.
Respiratory equipment was in short supply in many hospitals around the world as the outbreak of the coronavirus spread.
While the technology is still being tested, Szarpak and Kowalik hoped that it will be available in Poland in the coming months and eventually in a wider global market.
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