Bandung Institute of Technology is collaborating with the Pembina Mesjid Salman Foundation (YPM Salman) and Padjajaran University’s (Unpad) School of Medicine to develop a ventilator for COVID-19 patients.

Ventilators allow patients who suffer from breathing difficulties to receive sufficient oxygen supply. However, not all hospitals currently have enough of them, partly because of expense.

Led by ITB’s School of Electrical Engineering and Informatics (STEI) lecturer Syarif Hidayat, the team expects the so-called Ventilator Indonesia (Vent-I) to be easy-to-use and able to cater to patients who are still able to breathe on their own; not those who are being treated in an intensive care unit (ICU).

A prototype of the Vent-I being developed by a joint team from the ITB and UNPAD.A prototype of the Vent-I being developed by a joint team from the ITB and UNPAD. (itb.ac.id/-)

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During a presentation to senior doctors of Unpad’s School of Medicine, the team demonstrated three functions of the ventilator, namely continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), continuous pressure control (CPC) and synchronized pressure control (SPC). CPAP is regarded as the most crucial function to be developed as it may help reduce the number of patients being treated in ICUs.

After it undergoes a series of tests conducted by the Health Ministry’s Health Facility Test Agency (BPFK), up to 100 Vent-Is are expected to be manufactured in-house to be donated to hospitals. 

As of April 6, there were 2,491 reported cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia, with 209 deaths. (gis/kes)

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