WHAT IS REQUIRED?
Apart from IC beds, nurses and doctors, additional respiratory equipment is required. It is expected that the regular manufacturers of respirators are unable to cope with the demand during this time of crisis.
Ventilation equipment for Corona patients requires accurate, pressure-controlled ventilation of the lungs. A patient with a severe form of this typical pneumonia is often ventilated 24 hours a day, for 3 to 4 weeks. In that case, the patient is unconscious and no longer breathes independently. Because the lungs are ill, it is important to ventilate the healthy parts of the lungs properly.
Ventilating with a high pressure is generally bad for the lungs, but for these patients, a high PEEP pressure (Positive End-Expiratory Pressure) is required to keep the alveoli open and to prevent “collapse” (atelectasis). Clenched alveoli are difficult to open again.
With our extensive knowledge in the field of ventilation equipment, we develop and produce a device specifically for this type of ventilation. Several companies in the Netherlands are our production partners.
RIVM (Dutch National Institute for Health and Environment) expects that during the peak of the virus there will be more patients than there is capacity at the ICUs. At the moment, a maximum of 2500 places is available. In order to fill this gap, we need more space, experts and equipment. But there is also a demand for equipment in other EU countries and in countries worldwide. We also focus on that.