Engineering company Comate joins forces with Unitron and Herregodts Brothers to develop machines which could help in the battle against the corona virus.
Two years ago, Ventinova Medical, Unitron and Comate Engineering & Design co-developed Evone, a ventilator with full respiratory control and higher efficient ventilation with lung protective potential. The innovative ventilator is currently undergoing a fast scale-up and is being used in the battle against COVID-19.
A number of COVID-19 patients with severe ARDS have received, or are still receiving ventilation with Evone. The first results show a clear increase on the Horowitz index – an important measure for respiratory status of a patient. Already in the 24-30 hours of FCV ventilation, an improvement ranging from 60% to 150% was observed. Although these results are preliminary and require further validation, they are perfectly in line with already described effects of FCV in ARDS.
Wouter Foulon, Founder of Comate: “It’s very important to us that we are doing everything we can to play our part in the fight against COVID-19. Working together and sharing expertise is crucial during these challenging times.”
The availability of medical ventilation equipment plays an important role in the battle against COVID-19. But the production of ventilators worldwide is currently taking up too much time to fulfill the current need. To solve this problem, Jan and Stijn Herregodts, two brothers from UGent are developing a simplified ventilator that can be produced in large numbers in a couple of days. “For the most severely affected corona patients, a ventilator means the difference between life and death”, says Jan Herregodts. Leuven-based engineering company Comate is currently supporting the development by reviewing the first prototype and optimizing the machine for production.
The mission of the ventilator is simple: Quickly bring simple but fully functional respirators to hospitals in need. The engineers and designers from Comate are using their expertise in Medical R&D and their experience with ventilator Evone to accelerate the development of the Corona ventilator. The ventilator is developed with components from different industries that are easily accessible to ensure fast production.