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COSMIC stands for Collective Open Supply Medical Improvements for COVID-19.
A Vancouver theatre is about to be reworked right into a showcase for modern medical tools developed in Canada to combat COVID-19.
Among the many merchandise is a ventilator that may be constructed with domestically sourced supplies anyplace on the planet for beneath $500. The brand new gravity-based ventilator is supposed to handle a scarcity of ventilators which can be vital for saving the lives of sufferers with acute COVID-19.
A form of “discipline hospital” to display new merchandise to combat COVID-19 is being constructed within the Arts Club by Olympic Village over the subsequent 4 weeks.
Dr. Christopher Nguan mentioned COSMIC Medical has grown since February right into a multi-disciplinary and collaborative group of greater than 130 scientists, docs, medical college students, engineers, physicists, and designers.
“We’re open-source, non-profit, all the things is on the desk. We’re totally clear,” mentioned Nguan, a kidney transplant surgeon at Vancouver Basic Hospital and affiliate professor on the College of B.C.
“All we’re keen on is making an influence on COVID. No matter it takes for us to do this, that’s what we need to do.”
COSMIC stands for Collective Open Supply Medical Improvements for COVID-19. Nguan is one among three co-leads together with Alexander Waslen, a fourth-year mechanical engineering scholar at UBC, and Philip Edgcumbe, a medical scholar at UBC and biomedical engineer.
The group’s first success is gVent. Invented in six weeks, it’s a low-cost ventilator that two individuals can construct in three hours. A ventilator helps a severely ailing affected person breathe when she or he can’t accomplish that on their very own.
Conventional low-cost ventilators are between $5,000 and $50,000, and makes use of expertise to blow or compress air to ship it to a affected person.
However Chase Crisfield, a Rossland resident and medical scholar on the College of B.C., had a brand new thought for a ventilator.
“After I noticed among the different designs,” Crisfield mentioned in a video about gVent, “I felt they lacked a physiological mechanism behind them. I wished to develop one thing that was mild on the lungs, understanding how fragile and infected the lung tissue might be when somebody is sick.”
Nguan mentioned gVent’s distinctive design doesn’t use a compressor or blower.
“We now have an inverted piston with a water seal. It’s form of like having a water bottle with the underside reduce off and also you squish it down right into a bucket of water. That head of stress you generate by pushing the bottle down and trapped air contained in the bottle is the air that goes to the affected person.”
The gVent’s easy design, he mentioned, makes it ideally suited for making it shortly in catastrophe conditions and for preventing COVID-19 in growing nations in Latin America and Africa the place conventional ventilators are in brief provide.
COSMIC Medical’s ventilator was awarded $100,000 as high prize in Roche Canada COVID-19 Innovation Challenge, beating out greater than 840 candidates.
COSMIC Medical has a functioning, patented ventilator and is awaiting Well being Canada approval, a course of that might take till August.
However the group isn’t ready. Nguan mentioned COSMIC Medical can be publishing designs on-line as quickly as they work out the right way to shield the group and its volunteers from any authorized legal responsibility. He expects that to occur inside a couple of weeks.
Different COVID-19 merchandise the group is growing embrace a snorkel masks and bubble helmet.
Nguan mentioned COSMIC Medical can be utilizing Studio A within the Arts Membership to indicate how its merchandise work collectively in a hospital setting. As properly, it’ll present a spot for COSMIC Medical volunteers to bodily meet in a single area. As a co-founder, Nguan mentioned he has solely met 5 individuals bodily and 30 individuals remotely by way of Zoom.
He additionally plans for the theatre to be a venue the place different native teams can carry their COVID-19 medical designs and prototypes and see which of them are greatest.
“Everyone needs to make a distinction,” he mentioned about COSMIC Medical volunteers. “We’re solely in it for the advantage of sufferers and health-care suppliers.”
— to theprovince.com