Covid-19: speciﬁc emergency ventilator
Based on the recently accumulated clinical experience with COVID-19, intubation and mechanical ventilation may last for several weeks in severe cases that require mechanical ventilation, signiﬁcantly increasing the need for intensive care capacity and, consequently, the number of ventilators required. The number of ventilators currently available may be less than what is needed, so ventilators that are simple but can provide complete mechanical ventilation could be the solution for a large number of patients ventilated simultaneously. A larger proportion of newly deployed machines should be able to support both controlled and assisted breathing modes, thus providing respiratory support appropriate for the patient's condition at diﬀerent stages of the disease.
LUCA is an invasive, fully enclosed ventilator developed for assist- control ventilation, that can provide adequate support for patients during a period lasting from days to weeks. The device is compact, robust, standing or rolling on the ﬂoor, and can be placed close to the patient's bed. A heat and moisture exchange virus ﬁlter is placed between the machine and the patient, and a separate virus ﬁlter has been installed between the two limbs of the breathing circuit and the machine. In addition, the exhaled air is discharged through a special high-performance virus ﬁlter that eﬀectively protects the medical staﬀ working in its surroundings. All parts in contact with the patient's exhaled air can be sterilized or disposed of. The setting of the parameters can be performed by a user-friendly interface, which allows the device to be easily operated by users who are less proﬁcient in ventilation.
The LUCA ventilator system
• supports spontaneous breathing initiation
• capable of continuous operation for several weeks
• capable of operation from the internal battery for a minimum of 8 hours in the event of a power failure
• the amount of oxygen allotted for the patient is suﬃcient to operate the machine, so it is as economical as possible in terms of oxygen consumption
• critical medical components are substituted by high-quality mass-produced components from other industries that meet the safety requirements employed in the healthcare industry
They are looking for potential buyers for their medical ventilator The device is not yet supplied with a CE marking, but the clinical trials have been done.