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Representatives of the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering CTU under the leadership of prof. Karel Roubík in cooperation with experts from the University Hospital Hradec Králové, Thomayer Hospital in Prague, Masaryk Hospital in Ústí nad Labem and the State Institute for Drug Control submit to the Government of the Czech Republic through the Ministry of Health the Czech Republic for approval a plan to develop a CoroVent ventilator equipment in the event of exhaustion of all available ventilators approved for clinical use.

The aim of the project is to ensure the availability of devices for emergency artificial lung ventilation in medical facilities for patients with respiratory insufficiency or respiratory failure as a result of Covid-19 in the acute phase of the disease. "We have many years of experience with the design of these units and we are therefore able to design, test and start the production of a type of ventilator that will save the lives of the most vulnerable patients in the horizon of units of days to a maximum of weeks. It will be possible to share the project all over the world, "says prof. Karel Roubík from the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering CTU.


The design will respect the standard requirements for the fan in terms of safety provided by its construction (especially the ČSN EN standard). Therefore, it will be equipped with standard safety elements (pressure relief and safety valves, etc.), but some requirements will not be possible due to the simplified design. The basic principle of the design and construction of the fan is its easy production in large quantities. Therefore, the plan also envisages the involvement of a number of Czech companies that have sufficient technical equipment in the Czech Republic and abroad.


The Faculty of Biomedical Engineering cooperates with experts from clinical practice, especially from the anaesthesiology and resuscitation departments of hospitals and intensive care units. Therefore, the proposed solution team is interdisciplinary to be able to solve both medical issues and issues of technical implementation of the ventilator. "We assume that all documentation, technical drawings and technological procedures will be continuously published on the website, so that they can be used by anyone around the world who is able to produce its parts, assemble the fan and who has sufficient equipment to test them and prepare them for clinical use. We will also publish, in the case of the implementation of the CoroVent project, the procedure and the relevant forms,” adds prof. Karel Roubík.


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