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Dubai develops new medical ventilator prototype

The mask is designed to address the needs of patients that need multiple modes of ventilation

Dubai develops new medical ventilator prototype

M061 ventilator system.

The UAE has developed a new mechanical ventilator prototype that will help support frontline workers safe lives amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation.

According to Belhoul, the ventilator – called the M061 – was initiated and implemented under the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council.

The ventilator was designed and built over an 8-week period after careful study of existing models, relying on interchangeable components that are easy to source and integrate.

The mask is designed to address the needs of patients that need multiple modes of ventilation, along with other assistive and supportive functions based on the patient’s breathing capacity.

The prototype, which consists of a mechanical airway made of tubes, valves, sensors and filters, is capable of providing invasive and non-invasive mechanical respiratory assistance over both short and long-term periods.

In a statement, Belhoul explained that a typical ventilation process includes both inhalation and exhalation phases. During the inhalation phase, the ventilators take in turn and compressed oxygen, which is mixed to a different degree based on the selected ventilation mode.

Now that the prototype is ready, the team plans to execute a testing cycle under the supervision of pulmonary specialists and clinicians in Dubai hospitals to ensure that the ventilator meets international requirements.

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