South Africa builds its own ventilators to fight COVID-19 - Photos

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how long before people complain they dont work, or built cr@p?

how long before we see the tenderprenur who overinflated the price in trouble and in Court?
 

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So, no induced coma and no intubation when using this? And hopefully the same with the proposed Bi-Level one coming soon? That is great news.
 

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Kudo's for the effort ... SA needs to nurture it's engineering talent more, we got fantastic world class engineers who need support...either that or they leave overseas
 

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In another project, the CSIR is also working on a Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure ventilator with a local partner to develop a solution for patients with more severe symptoms. These units assist with both inhalation and exhalation, either in fixed pressure modes or by sensing the oxygen supply required by a patient and adjusting the pressure accordingly.
I'm curious as to the identity of this mysterious local partner.

how long before people complain they dont work, or built cr@p?

how long before we see the tenderprenur who overinflated the price in trouble and in Court?
The CSIR's Lung Inspiratory Flow Enabler is clearly extremely simplistic (CPAP design), it is basically just a medical grade mechanical gas flow regulator with no electronic components (purely mechanical), it is so simplistic that it is unlikely that there will be any build issues during mass production and quality control should be really easy.

The usefulness of the CSIR's L.I.F.E. device, for COVID-19 patients, is debatable, it's more likely that these CPAP devices will be used for non-COVID-19 patients (that still require oxygen) and that these devices would be used to free up proper ventilators for other more severely ill patients.

For COVID-19 patients BiPAP ventilators are more effective and are still non-invasive (no intubation required).
 
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