WINNER: University College London and University College London Hospitals FT – The UCL Ventura CPAP device - engineering a ‘just-in-time’ covid-19 solution

In mid-March 2020, covid-19 threatened to overwhelm UK critical care. Sparing ventilator capacity and ICU beds for the most needy was crucial. However, the obvious solution - non-invasive continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP) devices - were also in short supply. UCLH clinicians joined forces with UCL and Mercedes Formula-1 engineers to reverse engineer an old CPAP device.

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From a standing start, the UCL-Ventura CPAP was constructed, enhanced to reduce oxygen use by 70 per cent, tested and MHRA-approved, with 10,000 devices manufactured and delivered to the NHS by mid-April. Importantly, patients in 20 low-middle income countries are also benefiting from its use.

Read a detailed case study about this project on HSJ Solutions.


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