Novel coronavirus (165) Fwd: [gate] Update: Global search for low-cost ventilator technologies to support the response to COVID-19

19 March, 2020

Fwd: [gate] Update: Global search for low-cost ventilator technologies to support the response to COVID-19

GATE is the WHO lead group for Access to "Assistive Technologies" (for handicap and elderly), it is parallel to the old movement for Access to Medicine, was created under former WHO ADG Marie-Paul Kieny to facilitate access to essential Assistive tech (wheel chairs, canes, earing aids) etc who are out of price for the majority of the elderly or handicap - most of whom are too poor to access these while prices are uniformly (and unfairly) high.

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-------- Forwarded Message -------- Subject: [gate] Update: Global search for low-cost ventilator technologies to support the response to COVID-19

Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 09:03:01 GMT

From: Rosa Salazar <rosa.salazar@ucl.ac.uk>

Reply-To: GATE <gate@mednet-communities.net>

To: GATE <gate@mednet-communities.net>

Update: Global search for low-cost ventilator technologies to support the response to COVID-19.

Hospitals around the world are grappling with COVID-19, and the UK is no exception. A key to this challenge is making sure our hospitals have the equipment to treat people with respiratory problems.

In this context, ventilators are pivotal pieces of medical equipment. But there are not enough ventilators for the projected number of people who may become ill.

While engineering firms could consider switching some manufacturing to help ramp production of the vital equipment, state of the art ventilators will still take too long to manufacture. That’s why we’re looking to emerging markets for Rapidly Manufactured Ventilation Systems (RMVS).

WHAT WE NEED: RAPIDLY MANUFACTURED VENTILATION SYSTEMS

We are looking for an existing, proven technology that can be rapidly adapted to be built in the UK. The winning technology will be adapted for manufacture and use in the UK by a team at UCL’s Institute of Healthcare Engineering with Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub). These designs will then be shared with the world to support their fight against COVID-19.

WHAT YOU GET: OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT COVID-19 EFFORTS GLOBALLY AND A ROUTE TO MARKET IN THE UK AND BEYOND

We are offering the winning technologies:

· Global exposure and recognition for your technology

· Support from a pop-up team of experts from University College London Institute of Healthcare Engineering and GDI Hub to support technology to be manufactured in the UK

· A fee per ventilator or spare parts for the ventilator — to be determined

· And more

UCL DESIGN & REFINE SPRINT: THURSDAY 19 MARCH - FRIDAY 20 MARCH

UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering and GDI Hub will be hosting a virtual, collaborative working group on Thursday 19 March - Friday 20 March. We invite participants with relevantt, professional expertise as engineers, manufacturers, clinicians or intensive care technicians to join us online for a Design & Refine Sprint. This will be an opportunity to explore how working designs and prototypes of low-cost ventilators could be adapted to fit different clinical environments (such as the NHS in the UK), meet the specific needs around Covid-19 and be manufactured at scale and at low-cost.

In the interests of maximising productivity within a short time-scale, this group will be open to those with relevant experience. If you have expertise in this area and would like to join this online Design & Refine Sprint, please complete the following expression of interest form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZm5BrsqpQQ_met30LxqMeZd3MsHTP...)

TIMELINE

· Launch: Monday 16 March (21:00 GMT)

· Close: Tuesday 24 March (09:00 GMT)

· Final Selection: Wednesday 25th March (09:00 GMT) Click the following link for more information and to apply:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSftJuZDxgx3dp3jv3ab-i1Xiz7jtUe9...

HIFA profile: Garance Fannie Upham is a long time advocate for safety in health care. At present she is Deputy General Secretary, ACdeBMR / WAAAR World Alliance Against Antibiotic Resistance (www.waaar.org) Shortlisted by the EU AMR Prize competition, Chief Editor AMR-Times (English /francais/Arabic) Editor, "AMR Control 2015" and AMR Control 2016 ex-Member, Steering committee, Patients for Patient Safety, Patient Safety Program, World Health Organization (2004-Jan 2014) (www.waaar.org) She is also Treasurer, Member of the St. Com. of G2H2, the Geneva based platform for NGOs (www.g2h2.org) fannie.upham@gmail.com garance@waaar.ch garance AT safeobserver.org