GOOD NEWS FROM SLOVAKIA

Good news from Slovakia: STU and Matador work on a lung ventilator prototype

They want to help in the most critical moments.

Slovak University of TechnologySlovak University of Technology (Source: Sme)

The Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (STU) joined forces with the Matador Group company. They launched a research project with the aim to develop a lung ventilator prototype to help people positively diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The base for the research is the 2010 Design and Prototyping of a Low-cost Portable Mechanical Ventilator study by the researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University.

“We’ve engaged our best experts from STU – a team around Ján Vachálek of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and developers from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology led by František Duchoň, who proclaimed their ability to make a prototype with improvements,” said STU Rector Miroslav Fikar, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

This project is a response to expectations presented by the Institute of Health Policy, running under the Health Ministry, according to which the Slovak health care system would be able to manage 550 patients who have tested positive with the coronavirus and need lung ventilation without any limitations. In the most critical moments, however, as many as 3,000 people may need ventilation.

Back-up solution

The lung ventilator is a complicated device from a technical point of view, and the prototype cannot be compared to the products of official producers, said Maroš Mudrák of Matador Group.

“It’ll be a back-up solution for extreme situations, which we can unfortunately see in Italy and Spain these days,” Mudrák said, as quoted by SITA. “We want to make a device that will be safe and usable should the supplies of accessible ventilators approved for clinical use be exhausted.”

The team working on the prototype is composed of mechanical engineers and robotics experts, while its development is being discussed with medical specialists.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Coronavirus

Read more articles by the topic

Top stories

Coronavirus comes with an irreversible change to Slovakia's labour market

The pandemic makes work more flexible and intensifies digitalisation.

Digital platforms have become the daily bread at work.

The sad reality behind the masks

When the coronavirus epidemic is gone, we will have to deal with an epidemic of obesity and dementia.

Face masks are obligatory in Slovakia.

A riot in Smer: Pellegrini calls on Fico to step down (news digest)

Hungary will open its border with Slovakia. More people favour self-isolation over state quarantine.

Smer deputy chair Peter Pellegrini called on Smer chair Robert Fico to step down at his press conference on May 26, 2020.

Coronavirus forced precisely the kind of changes Slovakia's schools need

Teachers and experts urge government to keep ‘natural’ school reforms during pandemic.

Illustrative stock photo