The Anonymous Widower

Coronavirus: Mercedes F1 To Make Breathing Aid

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the introductory paragraph.

A breathing aid that can help keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care has been created in under a week.

From reading the article it appears that engineers from University College London, clinicians at University College Hospital and production engineers and specialists at Mercedes Formula One have combined to re-engineer and hopefully improve something called a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device, which is already used in hospitals and has been used in China and Italy to combat the virus.

The new design would appear to have advantages.

  • It doesn’t need an expensive ventilator.
  • It doesn’t need an intensive care bed.
  • From the pictures and video on a BBC Breakfast report, it looks to be quick and easy to manufacturer.
  • A production rate of a thousand a day is claimed by Mercedes.
  • The BBC Breakfast report also says, that patients don’t need to be sedated.
  • It also looks like the NHS is going to fast-rack the device into use.

Will this rethinking of standard treatment increase hospital capacity and save lives?

I can’t answer the question, but given those behind the device, it must have a better than even chance of being a success!

March 30, 2020 - Posted by | Health | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. This is very positive news. My only experience of them is when my lungs filled with fluid and I was going into respiratory failure. The doctor in charge of my breathing tried to put one on me and I hit him. I am not proud of hitting him, but was able to apologise eventually and he said he had had far worse. I didnt know until I met him to apologise that the mask had been a cpap.

    However, I do know that are life changing for people with sleep apnea, and they save lives. These devices will be great for people who aren’t breathing easily, but are not on a ventilator, and they will keep people from needing a ventilator. I was ventilated for 26 hours on 6th February. My throat still isn’t back to normal. Some people are on for weeks and even months. I dread to think what their throats are like.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | March 30, 2020 | Reply

    • That’s very interesting! Did you see the BBC news report?

      Comment by AnonW | March 30, 2020 | Reply

  2. The report says that 50% of patients can potentially benefit from these machines instead of a ventilator, so if there are 8,000 ventilators at the moment that would mean a rapid, theoretical doubling in 8 days to 16,000 people who need assistance who can be looked after. This would buy time for the production of more ventilators.

    Comment by Matthew | March 30, 2020 | Reply

    • Reading the other message, it would appear that patients find them better.

      Comment by AnonW | March 30, 2020 | Reply


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