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ResQ̇V̇enT Covid-19 ventilators

ResQ̇V̇enT Covid-19 ventilators

  • By: Prof Ross Hofmeyr, Dr Matthew Young, Craig Burden, Brent Russel, Wesley New, Jon Kornik, Carl Kritzinger & Susan Spangenberg
  • Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/rescuevent

Personal message

We are a team of engineers (mechanical, electrical and mechatronic) and clinical anaesthetists with formal training in critical care from the University of Cape Town’s Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine based at Groote Schuur Hospital, who are looking into the feasibility of locally designing and producing ventilators as part of a coordinated effort to increase capacity across South Africa.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 global pandemic has placed a severe burden on most health care systems, resulting in critical shortages of medical consumables and equipment.

Ventilators have been identified as one of the critical medical items that are in short supply globally.

ResQ̇V̇enT plans to supplement this lack of ventilators with low cost and easily manufactured ventilator systems that can be easily connected up to existing hospital infrastructure.

The ResQ̇V̇enT will ventilate people with severe COVID-19 Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) during this global pandemic once our ICUs have used all their ventilators.

The ResQ̇V̇enT is designed to be used with the ubiquitous bag-valve respirators which are commonly found in all medical settings.

The ventilation of critically ill patients, particularly those with ARDS, is a delicate procedure as the primary pathology is in the lungs. Our concern is that many simple rudimentary ventilators that have recently been designed and built around the globe, do not have closed feedback loops and therefore can easily cause more harm than good to those who need it most.

The ResQ̇V̇enT:
-Can ventilate patients with a variety of advanced ventilator settings (VC / PC SIMV)
-Has real time graphical display of pressures and volumes
-Has electronically controlled motors, with the ability for fine adjustment


A prototype has already been built but more hardware and sensors are needed before we can start trials and the certification process.

Once certified we would like to start production to meet the growing demand for ventilators in South and Southern Africa.

 

Update:

We have been blown away by the support that so many people have helped us in reaching our initial goal. We have decided to raise the asking amount. With the additional funding, we will be able to make more prototypes so that each engineer can work with one for extensive testing as well as being able to demonstrate what the ResQ̇V̇enT can do. This will hopefully grant us the opportunity get the ResQ̇V̇enT to needing patients as soon as possible.

Donations

  • May 21, 2020 - R 15 000.00
  • "Excited to see how this develops! " - Rob Dower

  • Apr 24, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Good job!" - JHS

  • Apr 22, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Go, team. May you save lives." - MuonMo

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 420.00
  • "Well done, thank you and stay safe." - Eve

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 512.00
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    All the best and thank you for doing this!

    " - Anonymous

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Great initiative. Good luck." - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Awesome project! Keep up the good work and let us know about updates if you can :)" - SH

  • Apr 17, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "

    Good luck with this venture

    " - Archieballef

  • Apr 17, 2020 - R 5 000.00
  • "

    Wishing you lots of success!

    " - Jeremy Imp

  • Apr 16, 2020 - R 1 012.00
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    How do we track progress?

    " - Bob

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Well done and good luck" - Isabella

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 212.00
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    " - Preyen

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 300.00
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    Good luck

    " - Gail Aand Antonio Zizzamia

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Gaan groot!

    " - Sophia

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    Great initiative towards a worthy cause. All the best

    " - WayneD

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Well done!

    " - Alet

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    So proud!

    " - Mum

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Good luck with this fantastic initiative.

    " - Steve C

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Way to take initiative!

    " - E

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 1 062.00
  • "

    Great project

    " - Ceridwyn

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 2 012.00
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    Go Craig , I hope you all crank it up!

    " - Paul Burden

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 2 012.00
  • "

    Great work!

    " - Ralf

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 5 012.00
  • "

    Bless your initiative

    " - Henk

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 5 012.00
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    Hi Matt, I believe you will be successful and I want to support you and the team

    " - David Le Maitre

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 512.00
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    Thank you & good luck

    " - Pete & Sheila Ross

  • Apr 14, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "What a great initiative! Good Luck!" - Tyrone

  • Apr 14, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Amazing work guys! Please keep it up. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 14, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Keep up the good work!" - Jason

  • Apr 14, 2020 - USD $ 11.07
  • "Thank you so much for being proactive. Good luck. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 13, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "Super cool initiative!" - Jason Fourie

  • Apr 13, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "You guys rock!!" - Bill

  • Apr 13, 2020 - USD $ 16.60
  • "Well done and thank you. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 13, 2020 - USD $ 27.67
  • "Proof that there is hope for the future of SA" - Wild Frenchman

  • Apr 13, 2020 - R 367.50
  • "Proud of your work - what a great bunch of friends." - GT

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 5 000.00
  • "All the best with your brilliant iniative. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 12, 2020 - USD $ 27.67
  • "Good luck!" - Pieter

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "I am happy to support this initiative " - Lynne

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thank you!" - Sandi

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Great project, hope it works in saving lives!" - Anon

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Awesome project guys, good luck! :) " - Shulka

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "May you move forward speedily and get this going ASAP! " - Martin

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Great initiative, hope you make a huge difference. " - Koos

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Wishing you all the best with this. " - Shannon

  • Apr 12, 2020 - USD $ 55.34
  • "gl;hf" - Kobie

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 840.00
  • "Good luck in your amazing initiative! " - Liz

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 5 250.00
  • "God guide you in this endeavour." - Donor

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "Well done guys, keep going" - SP Kent

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 950.70
  • "Jeremiah 29:7" - Kims

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Excellent initiative!" - Fish

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "All the best for this project. We are stronger together!" - Craig

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Good luck, and a heartfelt thank you. " - Karen K

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Good luck guys!" - David Xu

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "well done" - Merv

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Goodluck team!" - Anon

  • Apr 12, 2020 - USD $ 110.67
  • "All the best with your endeavour. " - Susan B

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Looks like such an awesome design Brent and the rest of team!" - JK

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 630.00
  • "Wes and team, we're really stoked by this initiative, great idea with great outcomes for national resilience!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Good luck, great initiative!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Well done on this initiative - hope it works out. " - Marnix

  • Apr 12, 2020 - USD $ 55.34
  • "" - Herman

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Go team go proud of you guys" - Sean Kirsten

  • Apr 12, 2020 - USD $ 68.28
  • "Awesome" - Carl

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Brilliant. Good luck with the final product. " - Kevin

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Well done" - Anthony v T

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Hope! Glad to assist " - Anonymous

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "All the best with your work, lets hope you can supply a well priced, high quality product sometime soon!" - Kim

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Go for it guys.. Good on you for the great initiative! " - Stef

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "Awesome initiative, team. Thank you." - Anonymous

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Go make it happen. - properly " - Anonymous

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thanks" - Xan and Jake

  • Apr 11, 2020 - USD $ 27.67
  • "Awesome project. Well done" - Moose

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Great work!" - Lynette Lotter

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Important work! Brilliant!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Awesome initiative!" - Craig Duggan

  • Apr 11, 2020 - USD $ 55.34
  • "Great Initiative! Proud of your Work." - Emerz&MK

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Proud of you!!!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 2 625.00
  • "All the best! Do great things!" - Jeremy

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Awesome initiative " - Jonty Low

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Incredible work, good luck guys!" - Michael Niemann

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "Great initiative " - Janet Gie

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "Great initiative, best of luck" - Deanne

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Good luck" - Anon

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 420.00
  • "Awesome idea. Helping hands - mechanical hands." - Wayne Kitney

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 210.00
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  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "All the best for the development. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Amazing Work guys, this project could save many lives " - Anonymous

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "All the best for this project, may it come together soon! " - Anonymous

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Great job!" - Anon

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Great job guys !!" - Jo

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Great idea, good luck." - Anonymous

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "All the best with this effort, guys, thanks for getting stuck in!" - Peter

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thanks for all the hard work." - Andy

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "All the best and good luck " - Taahir Osman

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Heartening news for us on the frontline! Thank you for putting your time and expertise towards this cause. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thank you and good luck!!!" - Anonymous

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We are a team of engineers in Cape Town  (mechanical, electrical and mechatronic), together with clinical anaesthesiologists with formal training in critical care from the University of Cape Town’s Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine based at Groote Schuur Hospital, looking into the feasibility of locally designing and producing ventilators.