Tuesday 5 March 2024

Remote-controlled resuscitators adapted to the patient’s breathing

Tecdesoft firm designed a medical team applying its knowledge of algorithms

The company Técnicas de Soft, based at A Coruña, designed during the confinement a project that contemplates the design and operation of a reusable autonomous resuscitator based on an Ambú equipment, which they baptized as RAR (Reusable Autonomous Resuscitator). The equipment will have an electronic controller and tactile interface that will allow healthcare personnel to interact with the system, easily parameterizing the different operating modes. It will be possible to control electronically and select both the grade of the Ambú device and the speed. In this way, healthcare personnel will be able to adapt the volume of air blown, the cadence and the pressure to the needs of each patient. The project, consisting of the manufacture of 4 prototypes with different drives, is financed by the Axencia Galega de Innovación (GAIN), through an agreement signed for this purpose.

The project consists of the manufacture of an invasive ventilator for ICUs based on the coordinated operation of an Ambú-type resuscitator bag. These resuscitation devices are often available in both ICUs and ambulances, and are readily available. Based on this idea, the project aims to create an entire ecosystem around the ventilator that improves the management of invasive breathing for Covid-19 patients.

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Modelo do prototipo de TecdeSoft.

The ventilators can be connected to a control center with software that allows comprehensive monitoring of various equipment, as well as the integration of cameras for the supervision of patients in the ICU. “In this way, we reduce the number of times the healthcare provider has to approach the patient, allowing the technician himself to supervise various devices, thus reducing exposure to the virus,” says Juan Jesús Pardo, technical director of Tecdesoft.

If the hospital wishes, and the country’s legislation allows it, this control center can be connected to a cloud platform that facilitates the monitoring and tracking of anonymised data. This platform has cybersecurity mechanisms and does not allow action on the device, simply monitoring the history. It is designed so that various specialists who bring knowledge to improve patient care from remote locations can interact. This tool also has an artificial intelligence engine with which inappropriate patterns or correlations between different practices can be identified.

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