The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused disruption in health systems all over the world.
The Australian Government’s Department of Health anticipates a potential surge in the number of patients requiring respiratory support in the coming period, and a possible shortfall in the actual number of devices available to ventilate these patients.
That’s why we’re collaborating with New South Wales Ministry of Health (NSW Health) as part of project CoVida, a team working to engineer a readily-manufactured ventilator for front-line use in the fight against COVID-19.
Our researchers and students are working on updating the design of a trusted Australian ventilator commonly used during the 1990s – maintaining its high degree of reliability and streamlined design that makes it easy to build.
We’ve already reverse engineered the system and are now working towards fabricating the first prototype devices to offer renewed hope of addressing the inevitable strains on our healthcare system.
Our research complements the Australian Government’s ventilator capacity building initiatives and will serve as a further contingency measure for providing NSW with additional invasive ventilators if required.