Silesian boffins create DIY respirators which ANYONE can use at home
A cutting-edge respirator which will enable physicians to remotely monitor patients’ health condition through the internet, is being developed by scientists in Silesia.
The RespiSave device from the team at the Silesian Polytechnic and medical schools from across Poland will improve the safety of medical personnel by limiting risky contact with patients.
Team leader Leszek Kowalik from the Silesian Polytechnic said: “Picture a hospital using our internet-enabled devices. The medical personnel would be able to assess the patients’ condition at ease from one computer by verifying the data received from the remote-controlled respirators.”
The respirator is simple enough to be used at home and by people without a medical background. The device offers professional care away from hospitals with remote supervision of the skilled medical personnel.
Fitted with a variety of functions and different ventilation options, the device can be calibrated to the particular needs of an individual patient. It can provide support for adults, children as well as the elderly.
Michał Kucap, the Provincial Medical Emergency Coordinator of the Silesian Voivodeship working on the project, says: “We strive to make RespiSave all-embracing and hope to include CO2 concentration and pressure meters in the future. These are by far the best measurements indicating the patient’s proper ventilation.”
Being still in the prototype phase, the device is now being tested on sensitive phantoms simulating the behaviour of human lungs.
RespiSave is expected to become available in Poland within the next few months and soon after, on the global market.