University of São Paulo: USP sends 26 pieces of the Inspire Project to Manaus Institutional

USP sent today, January 15th, a batch with 26 emergency respiratory support equipment from the Inspire Project to hospitals in Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas. In addition to the equipment, accessories such as batteries, tubes and filters were also sent.

The respiratory support for emergency use Inspire was developed by the Polytechnic School (Poli) and is produced in partnership with the Navy Technological Center in São Paulo (CTMSP) which, in addition to the final assembly of the equipment, also provides logistical support.

“The Inspire project started in March last year, ten months ago, and fortunately today we are able to deliver a quality product to the population, capable of meeting their emergency needs. It is very gratifying to participate in a project like this, fulfilling our vocation as a public research university, ”said Poli professor and project coordinator, Raúl Gonzalez Lima.

The equipment was transported to Guarulhos International Airport, from where they will proceed to Amazonas on a Latam Cargo Brasil flight, through the Avião Solidário program.

Inspire Project
The Inspire project emerged in March last year, still at the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic. The objective of the team of researchers was to develop a low-cost, patent-free, fast-production equipment with national inputs for respiratory support to offer an alternative and supply an eventual emergency demand for the device.

The project was subjected to clinical tests, carried out with patients from Instituto do Coração (Incor) at Hospital das Clínicas, USP Medical School and considered approved in all ventilation modes offered.

In September, the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) authorized the start of production of the Inspire emergency ventilator and, by the end of last year, 75 pieces of equipment had already been donated to hospitals in the states of São Paulo, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Mato Grosso do Sul and Amazonas.

The project has the participation of approximately 250 researchers and volunteers from different units of USP and other institutions, such as the Federal Institute of São Paulo, and counts on donations from partners in the private sector.