The company Proton New Energy and the Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa CST (Health Consortium of Terrassa), with the support of Leitat Technological Center, have developed an intelligent distribution module that, interspersed between the respirator and the patient's tube system, allows to multiply the ventilation capacity of approved respirators, adjusting the respiratory needs of each patient.
The purpose of the Intelligent Distribution Module (IDM) is to increase ventilation capacity easily and safely, optimizing the use of existing respirators in hospitals and not just for use in high-demand situations.
The small size and low weight of IDM allow the medical care capacity of hospitals and / or temporary Intensive Care Units to be quickly doubled during the current pandemic period caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The device is equipped with a method of visual and graphic control of operation, and manual valves that make it possible to regulate the air received by each of the patients connected to the IDM to ensure that the values are, at all times, within the range previously adjusted by health personnel.
The initial prototype has gradually incorporated improvements in its functionality and design, with the medical advice of the Heads of the Intensive Care and Emergency Service of the Health Consortium of Terrassa. In recent weeks, technical and simulation tests have been performed with artificial lungs. Preclinical trials in animal models are currently being conducted and the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) is expected to obtain authorization soon to begin the clinical study with humans.
Once approved by the AEMPS, its manufacture will be very fast, as the IDM is built with standard materials available on the market. It is expected that between 30 and 50 devices can be manufactured per day, multiplying the capacity of the respirators available in the global healthcare system. The new device can also be used beyond the Covid-19, being exported to countries where the supply of mechanical respirators is limited.