Monday, April 6, 2020
Makerere university collaborate with kiira motors to make cheap ventilators
Through his facebook page Profesor Barnabas Nawangwe, The Vice Chancelor of Makerere university posted that his institution in collaboration with kiira motors (State enteprise in Uganda established to champion the Development of the Domestic Automotive Value Chain for job and wealth creation), are going to make cheap ventilators to support the COVID-19 fight during this period.
Ventilators are of great demand on this period especially for ICU patients.
How do ventilators work?
In simple terms, a ventilator pushes oxygenated air into the lungs at positive pressure and displaces fluid from the pulmonary alveoli, the tiny, balloon-shaped air sacs in which the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide molecules to and from the bloodstream takes place.
This sounds simple but is actually a highly complex treatment option. That is because modern ventilators can adapt the form of ventilation to the individual needs of the patient.
For pressure-controlled ventilation (PCV ventilation), the ventilator creates a certain pressure in the airways and the alveoli so that as much oxygen as possible can be absorbed. As soon as the pressure is high enough, exhalation begins. The respirator thus takes over the entire breathing process of the patient.
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