Simple fix creates coronavirus breathing aids
Engineers and scientists have developed a way to convert a sleep apnoea machine into a ventilator to treat people with covid-19.
The modification – of a device known as a NIPPY 3+, which is being phased out of service – came about following a collaboration between clinical staff, engineers and physicists at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) and academics and technologists at the University.
It has been estimated that there are thousands of similar devices across the NHS, and their rapid modification has the potential to significantly increase the respiratory support available to very ill patients across the country. There are about 100 of the devices in Leeds hospitals.
Sleep apnoea is a condition where people stop breathing in their sleep – the machine ensures their air supply is maintained.