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New ventilator is designed in three days by Welsh doctor

25 March 2020

A senior consultant at a Welsh hospital has designed, constructed and trialled a new type of ventilator to help battle COVID-19.

Image courtesy of Plaid Cymru

Dr Rhys Thomas, from Glangwili Hospital, has a military and civilian background in anaesthetics and resuscitation and was “desperately concerned about the lack of intensive care unit ventilators” to deal with the coronavirus. 

“A week ago, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price challenged me to come up with a simpler but potentially as effective device and put me in touch with Maurice Clark of CR Clark Betws, Ammanford – an engineering company specialising in Thermoforming and Plastic Fabrication equipment,” said Dr Thomas.

After designing, constructing and trialling several prototypes in just three days, they came up with the Covid Emergency Ventilator. 

Dr Thomas continues: “It is simple and robust and specifically designed to work against Covid virus in a contagious environment. Although it won't replace an ICU ventilator, the majority of patients won’t need intensive care if they are treated with this ventilator first, releasing ICU ventilators for more serious Covid-19 cases and other general medical cases.

“The machine has other benefits in that it will clean the room of viral particles and only supply purified air to the patient. The patient can self-care as specialist nurses are not required releasing them for other duties.”

“On Saturday evening we used the CPAP to treat a Covid-19 patient. It was a successful trial and I’m delighted to say that the patient is recovering well.”

More information can be found on the Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales website.

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