Mercedes F1 develops breathing device for COVID-19 patients

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A breathing aid has been developed for COVID-19 patients, that does not require an invasive procedure, like a ventilator. Engineers from University College London and Mercedes Formula One sat down and created the device in less than 100 hours. This device is claimed to be an improvement on the already existing continuous positive airway pressure device.

“These devices will help to save lives”

CPAP machines are used regularly in hospitals to support patients with breathing difficulties onwards or at home, but the equipment is in short supply. Professor Mervyn Singer, a UCLH critical care consultant says, “These devices will help to save lives by ensuring that ventilators, a limited resource, are used only for the most severely ill.”

The device has already been approved by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

-Hayley Shirkey