As virus started to spread rapidly over Europe, it was clear that no one is ready for such pandemic and it would be a very hard time for everyone and many lives will be lost. As we got engineering and problem-solving skills, decision was clear - let's help to save lives and build an emergency ventilator that could be brought to the whole world.
What is our solution
Our solution is an automated ventilator that can be used during emergency circumstances which uses resuscitator bag compression as the air supply. Technical novelty of the project is taking a simple principle and developing it into a comprehensive and accurate ventilator system with accurate sensor readings and software controls for precise patient ventilation.
It is an affordable solution that can be produced from standardised components that are available during pandemic conditions and have a minimal risk of component shortage. Overall design of the unit is modular and robust that allows for customisation for a particular hospital environment, work in extreme environments and in the same time be scalable rapidly under current conditions in global supply chains where the components do not require post processing.
Product is currently undergoing national approbation and certification procedures in Latvia and it additionally follows MHRA (UK), EU and WHO regulatory requirements to be certified in other countries around the world. Product already uses certified medical components.
Supported ventilation modes: PRVC (pressure regulated volume control), VC (volume control), VC-AC (volume control-assist control), PC (pressure control), PC-AC (pressure control-assist control) Software optional update: SIMV Technical parameters Tidal Volume 250-650ml I:E ratio 1:1 up to 1:3 10 – 30 breaths per minute FiO2 21-100% Integrated Oxygen, Flow and Pressure Sensors, alarms for main parameters Intuitive parameter control trough touchscreen and physical control knobs ensuring easy operation with gloves
Business plan, financing
Production capacity – 100+ pieces/week, once manufacturing is scaled up: 400+ pieces/week Service costs would be agreed with client. We would provide necessary training and changeable spare parts, if needed. Estimated price range: 2-3k EUR depending on component price variation, product modification and overall demand Necessary funding to initiate production run: 1M EUR (for the first 400 units)
How we built it
Our first step was a test of concept at a local hackathon #HackForce where we were the team "Emergency Ventilator". In 48 hours we built our first prototype with parts which were available off the shelf. As our effort was noticed and results promising, we kept improving the product. With the help of engineers, software developers and health experts we made great improvements in all aspects of the product to come to you with what we have today.
Challenges we ran into
Time restraints and the complexity of the challenge that you only see and appreciate as you go deeper in the product development process.
What we have done during Hackathon
Improved our prototypes ventilation mode control Re-designed our whole electronics system to make it efficient for mass production Underwent testing and calibration for the unit to validate accuracy of its parameters Identified three interested target markets for the product with which we are discussing testing and delivery Improve our public communication: introduced homepage, visual identity
What's next for Lungmate Ventilator
Next steps for our development is to fully reach the necessary medical requirements that we validate with respective government authorities, undergo testing and certification of the product and initiate manufacturing.
We've built the best emergency ventilator that is ready to be mass produced and brought to the world.