Italian hospital is connecting Decathlon diving masks to the respirators of critically ill coronavirus patients to keep more sick alive
- The team that managed to manufacture respirators using 3D printing and save lives in a hospital in Italy overwhelmed by the coronavirus crisis returns to the fray with a new idea: connecting Decathlon diving masks to respirators.
- Isinnova has manufactured a 3D valve that connects the diving mask with the fan.
- The company shares instructions for any hospital in an emergency situation to replicate the idea.
- “We clarify that our initiative is totally non-profit, we will not obtain any benefit from the valve or from the sales of the Decathlon masks,” they add.
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The team that managed to manufacture respirators using 3D printing and save lives in an Italian hospital overwhelmed by the coronavirus crisis returns to the fray with a new idea: connect Decathlon diving masks to respirators.
When Dr. Renato Favero, from the Italian Gardone Valtrompia Hospital, He learned how Cristian Fracassi, CEO of Isinnova, had manufactured valves for respirators in less than 6 hours, contacted him to try to fix one of the most pressing problems the COVID-19 outbreak is causing: lack of respirators to treat critically ill patients.
Favero presented Fracassi with a very specific idea, as Isinnova herself explains on her website: the construction of an emergency ventilation mask from a diving mask already available on the market.
The chosen product was the Easybreath diving mask from the sports company Decathlon, which was willing to cooperate from the start and provided them with all the information about the article.
“The product was dismantled, studied and the changes to be made were evaluated. Then a new component was designed to guarantee the connection to the fan. We called the Charlotte valve link, and quickly printed it using 3D printing,” they explain from Isinnova. .
The Chiari hospital, with whom Fracassi had already worked for valve printing, tested the mask attached to the ventilator with a patient requiring emergency treatment and the results were successful.
From Isinnova insist that “the idea is designed for health centers and wants to help in the case of an emergency situation where it is not possible to find official medical supplies.”
The company is sharing the instructions for manufacturing the component it takes to connect the mask to the fan in this link.
“Hospitals in difficulties may buy the decathlon mask, and get in touch with the 3D printers that could make the part and provide it, “they say.
“We clarify that our initiative is totally non-profit, we will not obtain any benefit from the valve or from the sales of the Decathlon masks,” they add.