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Oxford University and King’s College develop ventilator to support Covid-19 crisis

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February 10, 2021 12:49

An elegant solution. Where "Professor Mark Thompson says: ‘The academic partners can provide free to use plans and designs available for download" how can I do this?

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April 2, 2020 05:49

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I live in the New York area and we experience now a terrible pandemic situation that kills every day many people. This article from Oxford University raised my interest that people may to try some simple ideas and help save people's lives.
Mr Cnscholfield according to his comment below has a much simple approach to make a simple respirator that in emergency field hospitals may save lives prior to the patients reaching well-utilised hospitals. Please if someone or Mr Cnscholfield may contact me via email or in this site to discuss more about that idea, it will be a great opportunity to help society go trough this terrible pandemic situation and maybe save some life.
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April 2, 2020 15:14

All brilliant stuff people,but the man is right. We have to get past the regulations in a hurry. They can't get in the way of your timely work. Cheers4now R

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March 31, 2020 13:22

This seems to be a sophistocated piece of kit, but looks complex to operate where a nurse may have to attend to many patients. Each of the numerous components risks breaks in the supply chain brought about by many other countries needed the same parts.
This is already long past being a dire emergency in Italy. All that is needed is a gas mixer, pressure regulator, solenoid valve, a face mask, gas flow meter, and a CO2 meter. The controller regulates pressure and hence flow and the CO2 regulates the inspiration period. Blood O2 saturation can use a finger oximeter.
The most difficult part to source is the CO2 sensor. I once made 20 of these to measure end-tidal CO2 and sourcing the sensor was difficult. But the more wider range chemosensors cover the physiological range (say 4-6% CO2).

So I urge the industry to create simple solutions. I might need one of these.
As for the MHRA testing them, their criteria must be relaxed. This article was dated 5 days ago. Has it been approved yet?

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