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Hanoi University designs ventilator to fight against Covid-19

19:17 | 23/05/2020

Academics and students at a Hanoi university have designed and built a ventilator to help the country fight COVID-19, and they can produce up to 500 machines a month for hospitals and health centres nationwide.

 

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The ventilator is designed to help the country fight against COVID-19. (Photo: Vietnamnet)

According to Vietnamnet, the group from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology spent a month during the social distancing period to research and design the breathing support machine, called BK-Vent. 

This is a key research project in 2020, carried out from 4 to 30 April 2020 by Assoc. Prof. Vu Duy Hai - Director of Biomedical Electronics Center, Hanoi University of Science and Technology. Joining the research team were members of different institutes and the students in the research room.

Accordingly, the BK-Vent ventilator is built based on the requirements and regulations of the Ministry of Health, and the recommendations of the World Medical Device Development Association AAMI. Essential components are produced entirely domestically. If a pandemic breaks out and the breathing machines are lacking, Hanoi University of Science and Technology will produce and supply medical facilities in large quantities. It is expected to produce 300-500 ventilators/month, reported by Environment and Resources News.

hanoi university designs ventilator to fight against covid 19
A student tests the ventilator (Photo: Vietnamnet)

“BK-Vent ventilator can perform well supporting functions for patients through the combination of 2 breathing modes including: Continuous positive pressure and controlled ventilation mode. In addition, the intelligent control functions of the product will help detect and synchronize with the patient's biological breathing accurately and effectively ”, Assoc. Prof. Vu Duy Hai shared.

Dr. Truong Duc Phuc of the Institute of Mechanics and a member of the group confided: “During the manufacturing process, the members put this task as an urgent task, so everyone focused on researching and manufacturing to meet the demand for ventilators in the event of a pandemic.”

hanoi university designs ventilator to fight against covid 19
The ventilator has 2 operating modes (Photo: Environment and Resources News)

“Now the ventilator from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology has been completed and certified by the National Institute of Medical Devices and Construction under the Health Ministry.”

According to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, Vietnam has only 5,000 imported ventilators with just 260 units in Hanoi, and they all use the invasive positive pressure ventilation method.

The machine invented by the group is for non-invasive positive pressure ventilation in order to meet the requirements set by the Government and when the number of COVID-19 patients exceeds 50,000.

hanoi university designs ventilator to fight against covid 19
BK-Vent ventilator (Photo: Environment and Resources News)

However, according to Dr. Truong Duc Phuc, the group encountered some difficulties in mobilizing materials and equipment from units to test the device. Besides, the exchange of options is mainly  online.

As one of the students participating in the project, Truong Tien Dung (Course K61) shared: “I feel very honored to be involved in the research group for manufacturing ventilators in the context of COVID-19 epidemic. I am honored to make a small contribution to the society. Besides, I also learned a lot of experience in manufacturing and control."

The COVID-19 pandemic will not be the end for the group members' creative minds, and the group believe that in the future they can create a better machine for other diseases to replace imported ventilators. 

“If there is another opportunity for us to conduct research and manufacture ventilators for other diseases, we will likely participate in that project to supply to domestic and overseas markets,” Dr. Dao Viet Hung, a member of the group said. 

“We also feel very relieved because we have completed the task assigned by the university, and we are proud of what we have done", Hung continued. 

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