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Expensive and sought after: a doctor operates a ventilation machine in an intensive care unit. But there may be an improvised alternative.
Picture: dpa

In the treatment of critically ill corona patients, ventilators could become in short supply. An improvised alternative has now been developed at the University Hospital in Gießen and and Marburg.

KReactive heads of the University Hospital in Gießen and Marburg developed inexpensive ventilators as aids in the corona pandemic within a few days. The variants could be produced quickly and comparatively cheaply from devices for breathing arrests for sleeping people or respiratory bags and some parts from the hardware store and electronics trade, the Hessian Ministry of Science announced on Thursday. They should be able to be used in the corona pandemic if the number of patients in the clinics increases and the number of regular ventilation places is insufficient. “Now it is a matter of quickly producing the devices in sufficient quantities so that they are available in the hospitals in good time,” said Minister Angela Dorn (Greens).

The devices are not suitable for the primary care of severe Covid 19 cases with severe shortness of breath. However, if the sick had to be ventilated less intensely on the way to recovery, they could be used and clinical ventilation places could be made available again for acute cases. Production options are now in demand.

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