A team of engineers and specialists in medical devices gathered in Galway are finalising the prototype of an emergency ventilator for use in treating critically-ill Covid-19 patients.
They hope the “battlefield” ventilator will help ease a likely surge in demand for these life-saving devices in Ireland, and yet be capable of manufacture all over the world.
They are being supported by a number of multinationals, including medical devices company Boston Scientific which are based in the city – and by medical experts, notably anaesthetists who deploy the technology.
We spoke to Colin Keogh, a Dublin-based engineer who is working with Conall Laverty and David Pollard to organise the open-source project in Ireland, inviting engineers, designers and medical professionals to generate and validate ideas for open-source designs of ventilators that can be produced at scale to aid the treatment of Covid-19 patients.
So far, the team has been “blown away by the support”, according to Keogh, who said the current global health crisis is “showing how willing people are to row in behind each other for the greater good and contribute their skills”.
“We want to help solve this global crisis.”
An Irish engineer is leading a global group of 600-plus experts trying to develop an easy-to-assemble ventilator that could be used in the battle against #coronavirus #Covid-19 pic.twitter.com/5x7wYx6aEh
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 21, 2020
A robot emitting ultraviolet light (UVC) with the ability to disinfect hospitals and get rid of the Covid-19 virus has been developed by a start-up attached to Trinity College Dublin.
Being able to clean healthcare facilities thoroughly and quickly is hugely demanding as coronavirus cases escalate.
Created by Akara Robotics, it is clinically proven to kill viruses, bacteria and harmful germs, and does so in a much shorter time compared to usual cleaning methods, according to its inventor Dr Conor McGinn.
Testing Violet to ensure it wont interfere with hospital equipment – we’re good! Huge thanks to John McAuley and his team at @Shielding_EMF for making this happen on short notice @HSELive @HSE_DA @roinnslainte pic.twitter.com/tWWNTXO2Ec
— Akara Robotics (@Akara_Robotics) March 19, 2020
Strabane headquartered sportswear company O’Neills, which last week temporarily laid off 900 people, has confirmed it will move to manufacturing scrubs for the Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland.
The Co Tyrone company has a confirmed order for 5,000 scrubs from the trusts but it is also in discussions for a further order that could see it produce 50,000 scrubs for front-line NHS staff in Northern Ireland.
A medical technology company is sharing its ventilator design to help global efforts in manufacturing the desperately-needed breathing apparatus amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Medtronic said it had already boosted production of its Puritan Bennett 980 ventilators, but wanted to do more.
The firm, which has its headquarters in Dublin, said sharing the design specifications would help in the speedy production of the crucial devices.
Medicine deliveries by drone have reportedly been greenlighted on a test basis by the Irish Aviation Authority.
The drone flights are to be undertaken by Manna Aero, the company that has promised to commence fast food deliveries using drones in Dublin’s UCD as a trial, before rolling the service out nationwide.
The deliveries are to take place in Moneygall, otherwise famous for claiming to be the ancestral village of former US president Barack Obama.
“It makes us very proud to be able to contribute to the Covid-19 effort in some small way and lift a few spirits while we do it,” said Bobby Healy, founder of Manna Aero.
An Irish aesthetics clinic has donated its entire stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis.
Thérapie Clinic, a family-owned business run by siblings Philip McGlade and Katie McGlade, shared €50,000 worth of equipment to hospitals and nursing homes in dire need of appropriate equipment to fight the pandemic in Ireand.
The clinic operates 35 branches around Ireland and the UK. Mr McGlade said the decision to donate their entire stock of hand sanitiser, gloves and paper rolls was “the least we could do”.
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“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank Another day of dropping off some much need PPE supplies to the front line. It’s truly heartbreaking to hear of so many places in dire need of protective essentials. We’re doing all we can to support them and we would love other companies who may be in a position to help to do so. 💜 We’ll get through this together 💜 #covid19 #helpingothers #PPEchallenge
One hundred free cars are being made available to frontline workers thanks to an idea by a nurse who is putting her health on the line to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Serial entrepreneur Pat Phelan answered the nationwide call of nurse Ruthie McHugh.
The Corkman who runs Sisu cosmetic treatment chain in the UK and Ireland has teamed up with rental car company GoCar.
OK so as of right now, we have 100 cars available totally free of charge for frontline health workers, see details below on how to get set up.
would you mind RT to get this out pic.twitter.com/K90S80XQDb
— Pat (@patphelan) March 31, 2020
Maynooth University Library has loaned two high-tech ‘nap pods’ to frontline workers at Tallaght University Hospital.
The pods, which are usually used by students to take 20-minute naps to help keep their energy levels up during a busy day at college, were transported and installed at the hospital yesterday evening.
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 2, 2020
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