Sir James Dyson the British inventor was approached 10 days ago by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in efforts. Dyson responded with a pioneering design called “The CoVent” which has quick production time, offers hospital bed attachment, and it can be battery-operated.
The functionality this design offers plays a crucial role when battling the the expansion of hospital bed capacity. Many field hospitals which are now being opened may depend on such changes.
The UK’s existing supply of about 5,000-8,000 ventilators is inadequate if the outbreak heightens. The number of corona virus deaths in Britain rose by 41 to 465 on Wednesday and is has been predicted to continue at this pace.
With oversight from the U.K. National Health Service and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Dyson has agreed to produce 10,000 ventilators for the country under UK government grant. Dyson who has a net worth of $6.2B, according to Forbes, will also produce another 5,000 ventilators as a donation out of pocket. One thousand of those will go to the U.K. The remaining 4,000 will go to other countries in need..
Prime Minister Johnson’s spokesman stressed on Wednesday that any design would need regulatory approval. Dyson remains optimistic and has projected the production to be ready for use by early April.
“The core challenge was how to design and deliver a new, sophisticated medical product in volume and in an extremely short space of time,” Dyson added. “The race is now on to get it into production.”
American companies including GM, Ford, and Tesla have pledged to make ventilators to address current shortages but by many reports it could take months to convert such vehicle manufacturers to ventilator production.
In recent email to the company employees, Dyson states;
Hospitals are the frontline in the war against Covid-19, where heroic doctors, nurses, and care workers are battling to save lives and help people recover from this terrible virus. As with any battle, there are many challenges to overcome, not least the availability of essential equipment which in this case means ventilators. A ventilator supports a patient who is no longer able to maintain their own airways but sadly there is currently a significant shortage, both in the UK and other countries around the world.
Since I received a call from Boris Johnson ten days ago, we have refocused resources at Dyson, and worked with TTP, The Technology Partnership, to design and build an entirely new ventilator, The CoVent. This new device can be manufactured quickly, efficiently and at volume. It is designed to address the specific clinical needs of Covid-19 patients, and it is suited to a variety of clinical settings. The core challenge was how to design and deliver a new, sophisticated medical product in volume and in an extremely short space of time. The race is now on to get it into production.
The Dyson Digital motor sits at the heart of the new device and the motor’s design is optimized to have a very high level of intrinsic safety, making it particularly well-suited for industrial, high volume production. The device is designed to achieve a high quality air supply to ensure its safety and effectiveness, drawing on our air purifier expertise which delivers high-quality filtration in high-volume products.
Amidst the pandemic, a collaborative contribution towards the goal of health and well-being persists internationally.
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